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Pioneering A new Teaching model of High School Stem Education in Liberia

Bridging the Gap in STEM Education in Liberia One School at a TIME

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Institute of Basic Technology

The Institute of Basic Technology is a tax-exempt, federally recognized 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose main objective is to provide guidance in STEM curriculum development  and support to high schools serving poorer communities in Liberia, West Africa.


The practical steps of what would later become Institute of Basic Technology (IBT) were unofficially taken in the summer of 2007 by my wife, Sylvia M. Bollie, and me. We both knew from the time we first met that we wanted to help shape the educational system in Liberia.


In  the summer of 2007 Sylvia, then medical student , had volunteered teaching Biology at the University of Liberia. At the end of her five (5) week long internship, she returned to the United States and successfully launched a campaign to solicit books for the University. Several months later thousands of text books were successfully shipped to Liberia.


In early 2013 we became more intentional by providing our support to a few of the many high schools students striving toward academic excellence. However when it was widely publicized that about 25,000 students failed to pass the entrance exams to the University of Liberia, we knew that our actions had to exceed financial donations. Sylvia and I wanted to help address the larger issue of our lagging high school educational system. We attributed this lag in no small part to the more than thirteen (13) years of civil war that decimated the country and the crippling poverty that ensued.


In November of 2015, we officially incorporated the Institute of Basic Technology, give of our own financial savings, opened a computer lab and engineered a new STEM teaching model.


Our STEM teaching model is currently being implemented and tested at a high school (our test subject) in Liberia . 


We are very EXCITED about the future of Science Technology Engineering and Math in Liberia!!!


Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop, implement and scale a practical and cost effective STEM teaching model across economically challenged communities. Our goal is to see children from economically challenged communities in Liberia afforded a quality STEM education at NO cost.