This story appeared in The Informer (Monrovia):

 Liberia: RTP Organizes Play Day for 740 Kids in Harper
Lewis S. Verdier, II
9 September 2009

Right To Play (RTP) Liberia over the weekend organized a Play Day for 740 children in Harper City, Maryland County, with a call on parents to respect and protect the rights of children.

The Play Day was the second largest collection of children of all time in the city, according to RTP officials. The play at Tobeyville Township, New Kru Town, was conducted by volunteer coaches of the organization.

Many citizens were overwhelmed, as they stood nearby observing the children, describing sports and play as unifiers.

The project coordinator of the organization, Mr. Sampson Dolo, told The Informer that RTP is promoting the concepts sports and play for development, and to educate children on their rights and responsibilities.

He said the government had played a positive role in enhancing the efforts of RTP to implement its activities. RTP, he said, anticipates more cooperation and collaborative efforts, as it works in the interest of children in the country.

The 740 children were provided caps that displayed information on child protection, to parents and stakeholders, that children have rights and that these rights have to be respected at home and at schools.

Mr. Dolo urged the children to be obedient and learn to respect their parents that they may be blessed and educated. Besides playing, he urged the children to help parents at home and be hard working.

A volunteer coach Stephen Picka applauded RTP for the work, and said he, too, has learned a lot while volunteering. He said “Volunteering for your community and country means you are a nation builder”. He has been an RTP volunteer for two years.

One of the children, Pauline Toe, said she enjoyed football of all the sporting activities, saying, “Football makes her feels happy.”

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NGO frowns at condition of rural children     
Written by Hilary Vasco Wiagbe    
Thursday, 07 May 2009 

A non-governmental organization says living and education conditions for children in rural Liberia are still deplorable.

An official of the group told Star Radio a survey conducted in Grand Kru County shows that students are still sitting on bare floors in classrooms. 
Mr. Theophilus Nimene said most of the schools experience the lack of instructional materials and shortage of teachers.

He observed it was unfortunate that a segment of the Liberian children are enjoying basic social services, while others continue to live under difficult conditions.

Mr. Nimene also said in this modern age, people in Jloa and Jloh Statutory Districts are still fetching drinking water from the creeks.

He called on government to decentralize its development activities to benefit all Liberians, regardless of their locations.