Jane Peters, Programme Director of the YES iearn Sierra Leone on Monday revealed that eight pupils have been selected for the United States of America education exchange programme.
Elaborating on the core initiative of the programme, Madam Peters noted that the YES iearn programme is a United States Department of States programme that takes eight Sierra Leonean pupils to the United States for the past seven years, pointing out that the eight pupils will be leaving for the US in August this year.
She also told Awoko that the programme is targeting only public schools in Sierra Leone, adding that gender balance is considered and the inclusion of children with disabilities in the programme are also assured.
Questioned on the benchmarks for the selection process, Jane Peters responded that pupils were being selected based on academic merits, past records, interviews and test assessed by the Ministry of Education, the US embassy and the YES iearn Sierra Leone, adding that pupils should be between the ages of 15 and 18 years.
Deliberating on the intelligence of the pupils that have been qualified for this year’s exchange programme, Madam Peters maintained that pupils are sgiven group and individual activities to compare how intelligent is one from another.
Madam Peters expressed her delights over the reports the organisation have been receiving from the US with regards to the pupils’ academic performance, community services and welfare.
She also commended the works of some of the alumni over the years, stating that they have been actively involved in implementing projects that help revive some communities.
Peters reminisces on the negative impacts of the ebola outbreak which, according to her, disrupted the activities of the programme in 2014 and 2015 respectively.to reclaim their property.