Byron Tarr’s older brother Phillip Tarr and I graduated Bassa High School together in 1960. Somehow, our paths diverged and the younger Byron entered my orbit in the late 60s.
Within Liberian circles on social media in recent weeks, a UNICEF report published last year has resurfaced, claiming that Liberia tops the list of countries with the highest proportion of out-of-school children. Are there really more children out of school in Liberia, a peaceful country, than in Afghanistan and South Sudan, both countries that are actively involved in civil conflicts?
As the controversial Partnership Schools for Liberia initiative enters its second year, a report conducted by the Center for Global Development has revealed that the program is costly to run, although it significantly raised students’ learning in its first year, compared with standard public schools.
The general orientation training for county coordinators of the World Bank-sponsored US$10 million Youth Opportunities Project has begun in Grand Bassa amid delays in the project implementation.
The Liberia Electricity Corporation has received a new heavy fuel oil handling and storage facility valued at US$11 million.
At least 30 media workers have received certificates after participating in a weeklong website development and management training organized by the World Bank office in Liberia.
The Liberian government aims to lure investors into the country, but there are many hurdles that may dissuade potential investors from starting businesses in the country. One of those is the challenge of getting electricity for a business.
In the capital, only seven percent of the population has access to electricity. Most of Monrovia’s grid is largely supplied by expensive diesel-fueled generation sources.