After Years of Civil War, Liberia Prepared to Reopen Teacher Training Colleges

The Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute in Liberia was established in 1960 and was administered by the government of the West African nation through a partnership with Tuskegee University, the historically black educational institution in Alabama.

The school was closed 17 years ago after its campus was destroyed and looted as a result of civil war. Now a $2.5 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development will help to reopen the school some time in the next year. The Liberian government, under the direction of Harvard-educated President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, also has plans to open other teacher training colleges throughout the nation.