The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will today embark on a one-day tour of academic facilities in three counties namely Bong, Margibi and Montserrado with the objective of accessing and preparing those facilities ahead of the new school year.
The delegation headed by Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell, will focus its attention on ensuring that some of the existing academic facilities are in good conditions as well as renewing ties with other academic partners with the hope of securing a healthy environment for orphans, semi-orphans and abandoned kids.
In support to the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the ministry’s tour will also focus on ensuring that the various school facilities initiate a tougher Ebola Preventive Measures that would contribute to the running of a healthier school year.
The delegation will visit the Gbalatuah Girls Boarding School in Zota District in Bong County, Konola Mission and the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County respectively. Others will include the Todee Mission in Montserrado County and the Brothers Keeper Mission in lower Montserrado Respectively.
The delegation will also hold discussions with some of the institutions as part of efforts to reach an agreement in accommodating some of the orphans and abandoned kids who are expected to be in school at the beginning of the 2015 Academic School Year.
Min. Duncan-Cassell said the aftermath of the EVD is huge; stressing that key amongst them is to cater for the over 6000 orphans and ensuring that they get proper health and academic attention.
“We will be exploring the possibility and talking to school that have comfortable facilities that could assist in accommodating some of the orphans. With the opening of the new school year very close, we have been putting our arts together in making sure that the children have a conducive school environment and also to secure environment that would accommodate them.”
“This is a huge task and as such we have been holding discussions with our UN partners who have assured in rendering support in this direction. Children actually want to go back to school; some have been wondering as to whether they will ever go back to school since their parents are no more. This is the first of several tour the ministry will be making across the country to address these issues ahead of the 2015 Academic Year.”
Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell then expressed thanks and appreciation to community leaders, churches, mosques and family members who she said have been helpful in the process of returning comfort and hope to orphans and abandoned kids across the country.