Liberia - EDU
- EDUC 390 Post-Colonial African Literature
- EDUC 390 Special Topics: Peoples, Cultures, and Challenges in Liberia
- EDUC 399 Fieldwork II
- Andrew Grunzke; Associate Professor, Tift College of Education
- Dr. Rebecca Grunzke
***Students will register for a course from each faculty.****
Service Project Description:
For this project, team members will live and work on the campus of Ricks Institute, a tuition-based K–12 school in Virginia, Liberia, about 16 miles east of the nation's capital city of Monrovia. Our in-country partner, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, is the Chief Administrative Officer and Principal of Ricks Institute. He is a 1995 graduate of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and serves as a faculty member of CLA’s Roberts Department of Christianity. Ricks Institute's high academic and moral standards distinguish the school from its public counterparts in both operation and reputation as it strives to be an example of academic rigor and Christian service. More information about Ricks can be found at the school's website, ricksonline.org.
This project will build upon the previous MOM trips under the aegis of the TCoE Practicum experiences for Mercer pre-service teachers. In coordination with the TCoE Office of Field Placement, each team member will pair with a Ricks faculty member in a classroom selected from a strategic grade cluster as prescribed by the fieldwork diversity requirement. In the classroom, candidates will work alongside Ricks faculty and in direct, daily contact with the Institute’s K–12 students for three full weeks of classroom teaching and learning. Practicum students who typically spend 65–80 clock hours observing and teaching one day per week over the course of a 15–16-week semester will complete these hours in 15 consecutive school days. Note: Education students wishing to complete their Professional Practicum must successfully complete EDUC399 (Fieldwork II) by Spring 2017, satisfy all standard course prerequisites, and register for Practicum accordingly during the window specified by the Office of Field Placement.
We will also target specific needs at Ricks that allow our Mercer students to gain necessary exposure and experience by teaching in a minimal-resource environment. Depending upon the targeted group(s) of Ricks students, we will transport basic teaching tools as project supplies. In past years, program participants have taken, used, and left behind appropriate elementary-level reading materials (for both teaching and learning), whiteboards and dry erase markers, writing implements, science supplies, and math manipulatives.
Potential team members may wish to view our Prezi from the 2014 program:
Tentative Dates: The selected Mercer On Mission 2017 Liberia team will meet for classes on scheduled dates throughout the Spring 2017 semester.
December 1, 2016 - Application deadline
Tentative Travel Dates: May 27–June 18
Tentative Excursion: We will schedule trips into the capital city of Monrovia and surrounding areas to visit sites of historical and cultural significance
For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.