In the wake of nationwide preparation for the reopening of schools, the Bolahun Alumni under the banner Bolahun Alumni, Family and Friends Association (BAFFA) will this weekend dispatch a team of officials to Bolahun.
Bolahun is a town located in Lofa County. While there, the team will carry out general cleanup exercise of the St. Cyprian and St. Augustine Junior and Senior High School, hold consultative meeting with the youth, installs metal shelves in the Library and possibly assess the need to reopen the St. Agnes Elementary School which has remain closed since the Liberian crisis ended in 2003.
It can be recalled that early last year the Government of Liberia suspended academic activities due to the Ebola Outbreak.
Speaking to this paper, the President of the Alumni, Dr. Benedict Kolee said the move is to ensure that kids return to school amidst the closure of academic activities due to the outbreak of Ebola.
According to the Chief Medical Officer of Jackson F. Doe Hospital, the visit is also intended to address the prevailing social gap between the leadership of the town and the youth for better collaboration in upholding the Mission’s value system.
He stated that while in Bolahun, the team will also do video and photo documentaries of the current condition of the mission and its infrastructures in order to share with other alumni, family and friends of Bolahun who are residing outside the country for assistance.
“We will do a full photo and video recording of Bolahun Mission and its existing structures for possible distribution to other members of the alumni, family and friends who are residing outside the country and are willing to assist in revamping the Mission, Dr. Kolee said.
Established around 1922, the Bolahun School System has educated several people some of whom have made and continue to make significant contribution to Liberia. The Bolahun Alumni, Family and Friends
Association took the lead to operate the school in 1985 after more than 50 years of operation by the Episcopal Church.
In a related development, BAFFA has disbursed 3 month of the six months’ salary arrears it owed to teachers and other institutional staff of the St. Cyprian and St. Augustine Junior and Senior High School. The disbursement, according to the President was made early December 2014.
Meanwhile, the President of BAFFA has promised to settle the balance 3 month arrears before the end of January 2014 and has, at the same time assured teachers of the school that his leadership with support from other members will do everything possible to regularize their salaries.
He said the Alumni quest to reopen the school is to also cater to the academic needs of the children who lost their parents/sponsors to the deadly Ebola virus which according to him h ad major impact on women and children.