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