RESOLUTION PROPOSAL FOR ACADEMIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM BETWEEN HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY (HU) AND CENTENNIAL OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION, NORTH AMERICA (CeOSA-NA) TO BENEFIT STAFF AND STUDENTS OF HU, CSS, MATTRU NURSING SCHOOL AND MATTRU HOSPITAL
INTERNATIONAL STAF AND STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
During the Centennial Old Students Association (CeOSA) 2017 Convention which took place on Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, there were several suggestions and mutual verbal agreements between HU and CeOSA-NA. This is a draft of some of the resolutions met which will be edited by both HU and CeOSA before finalizing the functional Resolution Document.
ROLE OF HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY
The Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Wanous represented HU during the deliberations. Dr. Wanous informed the meeting that, HU was a Christian Liberal Arts College, committed to developing the whole person, assisting students to understand all areas of human knowledge from the perspective of a Christian worldview, and preparing them to affect their world for Christ.
He discussed that the University encourages spiritual development through scholarship in nature and the arts; and concentration in one or two fields of learning in preparation for life’s work. He therefore proposed for HU and Centennial Secondary School, Mattru Hospital and Mattru School of Nursing to mutually benefit from each other through international Student/Staff Exchange Programs. Dr. Wanous especially encouraged exploration in the Agricultural and Nursing fields. He assured that HU will be willing to organize and sponsor the International Exchange Programs.
ROLE OF CeOSA
The Chairman of CeOSA-NA Mr. Abu Hassan Koroma represented CeOSA-NA. Mr. Koroma and his Executive Board of CeOSA were coordinators of the CeOSA-NA 2018 Convention. The Chairman assured the meeting that CeOSA will ensure proper coordination of the International Exchange Programs between the USA and Sierra Leone. CeOSA will be visibly represented in all aspects and in all phases.
ROLE OF CENTENNIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
The Principal of Centennial Secondary School, Mr. Sulaiman Sengeh was also present to represent and speak on behalf of Centennial Secondary School. The Principal assured the meeting that Centennial Secondary School will be prepared to host and accommodate any programs on campus and will be available in coordinating and facilitating with the International Exchange Programs especially with the Americans who will be visiting the school and township.
ROLE OF BONTHE DISTRICT AND MATTRU HOSPITAL
Also present was the Chairlady of Bonthe District, Mrs. Rita Ngadie Savage. Through her efforts, Ms. Savage secured a grant from European Union (EU) to rehabilitate the girl’s dormitory. She has promised to continue to work in the interest of Centennial, and we hope to continue to work with her. Mrs. Savage is also on most of the Boards in her District and is involved in the development of the schools and hospitals including Centennial Secondary School and Mattru Hospital.
Mr. Jim Hoffman offered to discuss funding of the International Student Scholarship through the Mama Hoffman Endowment Fund – Mr. Hoffman is the nephew of the late Ms. Bernadine Hoffman (Mama Hoffman). Mama Hoffman is gone, but her love for Centennial is still alive. Mr. Hoffman shared the “Bernadine Hoffman Endowment Fund” which has been created to benefit Centennial Students.
The meeting was reminded that Centennial Secondary School was founded to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Missionary work of the then U.B.A. Church in Sierra Leone. Its foundation stone was laid on 7th January 1955.
CENTENNIAL Secondary School gives a sound Christian Education to boys and girls who fulfil the entrance requirements. The school is located on a lovely site along the River Jong in Bonthe District. However, due to an 11-year civil war devastation and neglect, the school had suffered a lot of challenges which were now being addressed through the efforts the alumni through CeOSA worldwide.
While the CeOSA has restored Water, Sanitation and Solar light on campus, through the help and expertise of Engineers Without Borders Lehigh Valley Chapter, the school is still faced with a lot of academic challenges. The International Academic Program will be of tremendous value to Centennial, Mattru Hospital, Bonthe District and Sierra Leone as a whole.
These are some of the highlights from the International Exchange Program Benefits
BENEFITS TO HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY
The University’s mission will be accomplished as we …
- Will create opportunities for staff and students to develop a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in their spiritual service and career pursuit that is sensitive to the concerns of the Christian church, the scholarly and educational global community in Africa.
- Will contribute to the education of students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and a continued quest for wisdom in a multidiversified cultural environment
- Will contribute in equipping students for a variety of vocations in Christian training, Academic and Social Sciences
- Will help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment while serving students, patients, staff and the African community in Mattru Jong
- Earned credits for HU students, faculty and staff volunteers for thousands of hours of service overseas in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone.
- Spirituall growth and academic growth experiences as well as earned credits for students per semester to fulfill their academic requirement.
- The program will introduce the challenges and achievements of social, economic, spiritual and career future impacts on a local and international scale.
BENEFITS TO STAFF AND STUDENTS OF CENTENNIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL, MATTRU HOSPITAL AND MATTRU NURSING SCHOOL.
- Tremendous spiritual, academic and cultural exposure to living with a host family and attending high school in the USA and the opportunity to experience life in one of the most geographically and culturally diverse nations on earth! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and gain an intimate understanding of this fascinating and complex society.
- Will give a unique opportunity to make new friends and learn the traditional American school system.
- Students will learn about state-of-the-art achievements
- Quality Nursing Internship Programs
- Global Youth Ministry
- Practical Pastoral and Christian Leadership
- Hands-on Occupational Therapy
- Practical and Theoretical Agricultural Science
- Computer Science
- Arts and Music
culture course while studying alongside locals.
Dr. Lauretta Will Sillah, Chair
International Staff/Student Exchange Program Committee