The CEO of Change Agent Network-USA and Opportunity Network Liberia, Eric Wowoh, revealed that over the past 10 years, he has through his organization spent over US$150,000 on higher education of several Liberians.
Revealing this to this newspaper recently, Wowoh said educating and mentoring highly committed and community-minded young professionals will ensure that his legacy of service, generosity, love and patriotism will continue to thrive and grow long after his death. death and departure.
He added, “These emerging young leaders (aged 22-35) have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, to serve the school they graduated from, to serve their local community, Liberia and the world. During their mentorship, these young leaders will learn how to effectively network with their peers and engage with political, civic and business leaders across the country.
“The goal of this great program is to educate, empower and position these young people for leadership positions in our organization and Liberia as a whole. This is our successor or exit strategy to keep this incredible vision alive and pass it on to the next generation. We seek to educate, engage and expand the philanthropic impact of the next generation of leaders in Liberia,” the CEO of CAN-USA emphasized.
He further stated that the essence of the Young Emerging Leaders (YEL) program is to prepare young minds to transform Liberia through education, mentorship and hope from the Gospel of Christ. He added, “Liberia cannot have the quality of transformation we want until we have people equipped and ready to lead the charge.
CAN-USA has invested over US$150,000 over the past 10 years in this incredible human capacity building program in Liberia. We are so grateful to Almighty God and our many unyielding partners, donors and supporters and friends who work with us to move Liberia forward together.
Heart of Grace School, one of three schools in the Change Agent Network, which served on WASSCE
The program, dubbed Young Emerging Leaders (YEL) College Sponsorship Program, is CAN’s career development initiative or human capital investment program for young Liberians.
Eric said their goal is to provide higher education at the academic, entrepreneurial and professional levels to hardworking, helpful, selfless and deserving students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and the opportunity to pursue higher education in college, at college or advanced professional levels in Liberia.
Recently, two of the beneficiaries graduated from Cuttington University. Eric named the two mentees, Quoiquoi Wratto, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture; and Alice Johnson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The program recently abandoned seven students, who were involved in the plots to tarnish Eric’s hard-earned reputation through blackmail and betrayal.
Eric adds, “As we prepare to start the next academic year, we have totally and completely changed the application requirements, verification, structure and supervision process for this program due to the unfortunate behaviors of these seven students. “
In the new reform, Eric promises that new recruits will now be vetted before being accepted into the program. “In the past, we didn’t fully monitor our beneficiaries. We used to give the money directly to our students to pay for their own tuition and some didn’t pay all the money we used to give. They use to divert part of the funds for personal and family purposes without our knowledge, which forces them to spend more time in school than originally planned.
“Connecting beneficiaries directly with sponsors abroad has been fatal and students will now sign papers stating that they will return to work for CAN/ONLIB after graduation to pay the next one. Additionally, we will no longer take any of our business partnerships both local and international seriously and give it to any of the beneficiaries of the program while they are still in school, as we have done in the past to let them be the spearhead. In the future, if there are vacancies in this organization, it will also be open to the public so that we can hire the most qualified person for the position.
He also said that only the University of Liberia (UL) in Monrovia and CAN College (CC) in Lofa County will now be the only two institutions to sponsor students due to partner funding difficulties.
According to Eric, these are Liberians who are still in the program at various colleges: Favor Paye, Public Administration & Accounting at Cuttington University, Bong County; Garma Mulbah, Agriculture at Liberia International Christian College (LICC), Ganta, Nimba County; Hannah Makay, Information Technology at BlueCrest University, Montserrado County; Mariama Kromah, nurse at Leomor V School of Health Assistance, Montserrado County; Rebecca D Nehan, Education at the University of Liberia, Montserrado County; Majorine M. Paye, Information Technology at Starz University, Montserrado County; and Giftee Toe, Agriculture and Animal Science at Cuttington University, Bong County. The others are Princess Sele, Business & Management at CAN College, Lofa County; Jeremiah B. Zaza, Education at CAN College, Lofa County; James K. Gbangborzizi, theology at CAN College, Lofa County; Flomo Koingewu, Technology at CAN College, Lofa County; Yongor Stevens, Business at CAN College, Lofa County; and Solomon Fille, Education at Cepres International University, Bong County.
Those who have graduated and are now contributing to society at large are: George A. Thomas, AME Zion University, BSc in Management & Sociology (2014); Christiana Korvah, CU, BSc in Nursing (2017); Momo V. Ware, AME University, BSc, Accounting and Management (2013); and Tesla Wowoh, University of Liberia, BSc, Agriculture (2017)
When asked why he decided not to build himself but to invest in others, Eric replied: “It’s about strengthening institutions. What I saw in Liberia, we don’t build institutions, we build individuals. It’s wrong! It’s my own approach to building institutions so that the day I’m gone, the institution can survive far beyond me. So far I don’t have a personal house or a decent car to drive around Monrovia at my level. Not that I can’t afford to buy them, but I believe in teaching people to fish rather than giving them fish to eat all the time. I can afford to build an expensive house in Liberia if I want, but it’s not sustainable in the long term. “Build your business first before you build your house” Proverbs 24:27
Meanwhile, three of the primary and secondary schools in the CAN/ONLIB school system have sent a total of 224 students across all grades to take the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which began on May 31.st this academic year. Of these, 109 were 12e students, 60 ninth graders, sixth graders -30 and third graders -25. Many students in 9e6e and 3rd the notes were not seated because their parents could not afford to register them.
Of the total number of students, 97 women passed the tests in all categories.