Africare Dedicates 2Schools in Nimba
Publication Date: March 9, 2010 – 12:38am
Updated: March 10, 2010 – 4:50pm
News Section:Education

Mr. Homer cuts ribbon to one of the schools as Africare CR, Seubert and others look on
By: C.Y. Kwanue

On Friday, March 5, 2010, Africare-Liberia, an international non-governmental organization (INGO) working in the country, dedicated two elementary schools it had built in Nimba County.
The two dedicatory ceremonies were held in the towns of Yao-Glarlay in Buuyao District and Gbao-Guehkpanla in Zoe-Gbaa District.

The Economic Growth Team leader at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Liberia, McDonald Homer, represented U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, at the two ceremonies.
In his dedicatory remarks, Mr. Homer informed the beneficiaries that the ceremonies were more than just dedication of schools, but rather the celebration of a partnership.
That partnership, he explained, was between the American people through USAID, and the communities. He said it was a proof of what is possible when Liberians take the lead in the development of their country.
According to Mr. Homer, USAID contributed US$18,700 to the construction of the schools and its facilities including the latrines and wells.

The schools and their facilities, he said, are the fruits of USAID’s partnership, which the American people value ‘very highly’.

For his part, Africare Country Representative, Dr. Chris Seubert said his organization greatly appreciates the support from the American people to Liberians, which comes through USAID.

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Development Project Launched In Clay Ashland
The Inquirer
February 25, 2010
Melissa Chea-Annan
[photo: Rev. Arthur B. C. Wah and some residents of Clay Ashland]

It was a happy moment for Residents of Clay Ashland and Millsburg in Montserrado County, when the Executive Director of the Christian Health Fellowship-Liberia, Rev. Arthur B.C. Wah officially turned over a primary school to them last Saturday.   The philanthropist, who claimed he is not from that community indicated that he felt the need to assist the children in that community by giving them hope for the future and to ensure that they are educated, since it is through education that a nation can be developed.It can be recalled that in December 2009, Rev. Wah paid a courtesy visit to that community and following an assessment in those communities, he assured them that he would carry out some useful development as his way of contributing towards the development programs in the country.  Aad so, in fulfillment of his promises to the residents of Millsburg and Clay Ashland towns, Rev. Wah launched a market, school, and clinic projects, something that brought tears of joy and smiles to the residents of those communities. These projects are expected to prevent the residents from using the St. Paul River as their toilets.

During the launching program, the CHFL boss described the plights of the residents as an abuse of human rights in that they were denied their rights to education, health and security; “and seeing these areas without these basic services, I consider it a violation of your constitutional and human rights,” he added.  Amidst applause from the jubilant residents, Rev. Wah assured them that he will open two clinics for those communities in March this year. He expressed disappointment that these communities are lacking behind in terms of development and so, he urged the county authorities to ensure that funds intended for development be materialized.  Rev. Wah further stressed the need for clinics, schools and roads, among several others in every part of Montserrado County so that residents in other parts of Montserrado County cannot be denied of those basic social services.   The Town Chief of Clay Ashland, James Garway praised Rev. Wah for the efforts he made in ensuring that his promises were fulfilled. He challenged the lawmakers of Montserrado County to emulate the goodwill of Rev. Wah and carry out positive development in their county for the good of the residents, especially the future generation.  The philanthropist Reverend was later petitioned to contest the 2011 elections as Representative for District #13, something he rejected and assured them that his calling is to preach the word of God and give hope to the hopeless.

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Hayes-Mission-SirleafLiberian president dedicates rural elementary school

Posted August 9, 2009 (MONROVIA, August 09, 2009):

A newly renovated elementary school building owned and operated by Hayes Mission in Gbavon Clan, in Bomi County, has been dedicated. Performing the dedicator ceremony Saturday, August 8, in Dewoin District, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf lauded Mr. Paul Sethi, proprietor of Sethi Brothers Construction Company, for offering to help reconstruct the school. The gesture, the President noted, is one of a “good corporate citizen worthy of emulation.” A fully renovated Hayes Mission, the Liberian leader said represents the future.

During the occasion, also attended by House Speaker Alex Tyler and officials of the Ministry of Education, the President challenged the residents to make the institution self-sustainable.

The co-founder of Hayes Mission, Rev. Lois Hayes, commended the Liberian leader for her efforts to refurbish the school. He recounted the efforts of the school’s founder, the late Rev. McCarthy Hayes along with the late Mrs. Martha Johnson, mother of the Liberian leader, for their visionary roles leading to the establishment of the school.

The Hayes Mission Elementary School, established prior to Liberia’s civil conflict, was severely affected during the crisis. With oversight responsibility from its County and District Education Officers, the Ministry of Education is also providing support to the institution through the provision of school materials.

In another development, the Liberian President has been gowned as ‘Mother of the Nation’ by the Governors Council of Liberia.

Speaking at the an elaborate ceremony held in Po River, Montserrado County, the Council’s Chairman Chief Blama Gaye, cited good governance, security sector reform, rehabilitation of national infrastructure and respect for human rights, as several areas in which the Liberian leader has performed with credit since her ascendancy to the Presidency in January 2006.

The Council also cited the President’s regular interaction with ordinary Liberians, making specific reference to her regular radio program, ‘Talk with the President,’ as a concrete demonstration of her openness with the ordinary citizen.

In response, the Liberian thanked the residents for the honor. An Executive Mansion release says the President welcomed the construction of a bridge in the area by the Ministry of Public Works. She noted that with the construction of the bridge residents of Bomi County have for the first time been given an alternative route as they travel on the Clay to Suehn Mecca road. The President lauded the citizens for engaging in farming activities. She assured the Council of her continued efforts at nation-building, promising quarterly meetings with them to discuss Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy as well as other national issues facing the country.

SOURCE: Executive mansion – Monrovia

A very good start, now let’s get to work UpCountry!

Liberia: Ellen Impressed With Chinese-Built Schools
The Informer (Monrovia)
27 May 2009
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated three high schools constructed by the Chinese government in Bomi and Montserrado counties, describing them as a fulfilled promise.

Speaking Monday at the dedicatory ceremonies, President Johnson Sirleaf said Government will continue to strive to provide affordable and quality education that is accessible to all citizens throughout the country.

The Liberian leader described the dedication of the schools as a fulfillment of some of the promises made to the Liberian people – that education will reach, particularly, those who have been neglected.

In an apparent reference to the dedication of a newly constructed high school in Suehn Meca district, the President said too often development in the area did not benefit the people of Suehn Meca district due to its inaccessibility. “I am delighted that this time, the people of this district, are part of the process,” she emphasized.

The President said the provision of quality education remains at the center of Government’s national development objective, and will continue to ensure that resources are provided to meet that objective.

The Liberian leader praised the partnership between Liberian and its development partners, particularly China and the United States, for their continuous support toward Government’s development agenda. “They have responded to our agenda needs…the schools they are building is responding to what we have planned,” the President asserted.

The schools, President Sirleaf said, were built in response by China, to Government’s agenda needs, in line with Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), which remains at the center of the development agenda of the country.

Liberia’s PRS articulates the Government’s overall vision and major strategies for moving toward rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth and development during the period 2008-2011.
The PRS will be implemented between April 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011 (the end of the 2010/2011 fiscal year). This period is of critical importance as Liberia shifts from post-conflict stabilization to laying the foundation for inclusive and sustainable growth, poverty reduction, and progressing toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the PRS paper states.

The donor-dependent US$1.6bn program is crafted with four major pillars including enhancing peace and national security, governance and the rule of law, economic revitalization and rehabilitation of infrastructures and delivery of basic social services.

Revitalizing and improving the educational system are central under the PRS.

The President acknowledged that schools have not yet been built in many places around the country, but noted that progress has been made in the construction of schools in several parts throughout the country. “We will continue on that path until we reach all the Liberian children,” the President noted.

The Liberian Chief Executive also spoke of other development projects throughout the country, including the construction of the Bopolu-Belle Yella Road, urging citizens and officials of counties benefitting from the projects to maintain and protect them to enable Government attract more assistance to their communities.

“The facilities now belong to us; it is up to us to keep them; to maintain them properly; to protect them and used them properly for the good of the children,’ the Liberian leader admonished a cheering crowd during the dedicatory ceremonies.

Chinese Ambassador, Zhou Yaxiao, whose country aided the construction of the schools, said the construction was in fulfillment of his Government’s promised during the China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing, at which time China pledged to build 0ne-hundred schools in Africa.

“If that in our figure is equally distributed, then Liberian would get two instead of three, but with the extra effort made by Madam President and myself and the Chinese embassy here, Liberia got three,” Ambassador Zhou recalled.

Ambassador Zhou praised President Johnson Sirleaf’s insistence to have one of the schools built in rural Liberia despite the embassies reluctance to do so, given the cost and difficulties involved in transporting construction materials away from Monrovia.

The Chinese ambassador described education as a key to sustainable development, pledging his Government’s continuous support to the educational sector of Government’s national development.

Areas benefitting from the newly constructed schools are Suehn-Meca district, in Bomi County, the New Georgia Community and the Kendeja/Rehab Community in Montserrado County.

Meanwhile, the newly constructed New Georgia High School has been named in honor of the founding father of the Liberia Unification Party, the late William Gabriel Kpolleh.

Announcing the decision, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the naming of the school in the late Kpolleh’s memory was intended to honor his memory for his sacrifices and dedication toward the educational development of the country.

The late William Gabriel Kpolleh was a school teacher, who taught in Bong and Montserrado Counties, before entering politics in 1985, to contest general and Presidential elections. He was reportedly killed when the civil crisis erupted in Liberia in 1989.

President Johnson Sirleaf is reported to have recommended that the school be named in the late Kpolleh’s honor, resisting an offer to have it named in her honor.

Accepting the honor, Madam Rosetta Kpolleh, who, along with other family members travelled to Monrovia for the event, thanked the President for the recognition bestowed on her late father, and extended heartfelt appreciation on behalf of the Kpolleh family for the noble gesture.

Under the PRS program the government hopes to increase access to quality education by building more schools across the country, equipping them with modern libraries, better sanitary conditions and well as safe drinking water.

Under one of the strategic objectives in the implementation matrix, the PRS seeks to expand access to quality, safe, and hygienic schools. It promises to build 240 primary classrooms (40 schools) and 54 secondary classrooms (4 schools); repair 200 primary class rooms (33 schools) and 72 secondary classrooms (6 schools); construct 14,150 chairs and 82 well water wells with hand pumps.

However most of these are yet to be done and the need for them are dire, but students of the dedicated schools will now learn in a very conducive environment, not worrying about rain or sun like most of their colleagues in other government schools across the country.

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Call to establish schools in rural Liberia stressed

Apr 14, 2009

Bong Count Senator Franklin Siakor, says the building of more schools in rural Liberia will give children access to education.

Senator Siakor said, he has observed that most of the schools in Liberia are located in cities, thus making it difficult for rural children to have adequate access to education like their colleagues.

Speaking Sunday at the first commence convocation of the Trinity Bible Collage and School of Business in Harbel, Margibi County, Senator Siakor also called on government to train more teachers and assigned them in rural Liberia with attractive salary.

He maintained that he will continue to advocate by working with the Education Ministry to create training opportunity for rural teachers.

The Bong County Senator said illiteracy rate in Liberia is responsible for some of the political crisis, as politicians were always using youths who are not educated to champion their cause. Meanwhile, the President of the Trinity Bible College and School of Business, Rev. Jim Tormonllah disclosed plan to construct a modern facility for college.

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For failure to pay teachers at Guthrie school system, students warn of demonstration

Written by Matthias Daffah Wednesday,

11 March 2009


Students at the Guthrie School System in Bomi County have warned that their patience is running out over unpaid salaries to teachers.

Student leader Edward Kiadii said many of their teachers were hungry and unable to attend classes due to the management’s failure to settle arrears.

Edward Kiadii told Star Radio the school system has completely run out instructional materials including chalk and writing paper.

The Guthrie student leader appealed for quick intervention or the entire Guthrie school system would be compelled to stage a peaceful demonstration.

When contacted the Vice Principal of the Guthrie School System Tamba Daoda confirmed the students’ claims and added that the problem was serious.

He said the school administration was getting increasingly embarrassed over the appalling condition the Guthrie school system was operating under.

Mr. Daoda warned that any strike action by aggrieved students at the plantation could paralyze the already struggling school system.


Liberia / UNMIL hands over newly-refurbished school in northern Lofa County

MONROVIA, Liberia, January 7, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/  The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has handed over a newly-refurbished nine classroom community school in northern Lofa County’s Kolahun District for use by the community people. The Kolahun District Muslim Association Community School, destroyed during the civil crisis, was rehabilitated through UNMIL Quick Impact Projects programme.

Representatives of Lofa County Legislative Caucus – Senator Fumba Kanneh and member of the House of Representatives Varfolay A.M. Kamara, thanked UNMIL for going beyond its peacekeeping duties by renovating the school which started as a self-help project to teach school children English and Arabic. “By helping to stop the war, disarming the combatants and repairing public facilities including schools, the courts, police stations, and roads, the Mission has gone beyond its mandate to keep the peace in Liberia and we will always remain appreciative of the good work the UN is doing,” Senator Kanneh said.

Representative Kamara and the school’s principal, Mr. Abraham Konneh called on the Government of Liberia and other partners to assist in completing the auditorium of the school to enable school children carry out extra-curricula activities. They also called for the provision of school materials, improvement of teachers’ welfare and entreating parents to take interest in the overall educational activities of their children.

UNMIL Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Recovery Officer, Mr. Richelieu Wollor, challenged the community to take proper care of the newly-renovated school and to ensure that more girls are enrolled to allow them grow up properly to be good citizens and key development partners. He said four new projects intended to enhance the rule of law have been approved for Lofa County, adding, “in 2009, UNMIL Quick Impact Projects will refurbish immigration, corrections and court facilities.

Attending the ceremony were Kolahun District Commissioner, Mr. Morris Tamba, a representative of Kolahun District Rural Women Group, Ms. Janet Kabah, the Christian and Muslim communities in Kolahun, traditional leaders and other UNMIL personnel.

SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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