By Antoinette Sendolo
As part of efforts to strengthen the educational system in the country, Winrock-ARCH Project recently donated several educational materials to the Ministry of Education.
Items donated to the Ministry included, five hundred pieces of arm chairs, two hundred pieces of teacher’s chairs, two hundred pieces of teacher’s tables and one hundred fifty pieces of blackboards making it one thousand fifty pieces of furniture in total.
The Institution also donated the total of three thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven set of uniforms to be distributed to both boys and girls in elementary, junior and senior high schools including uniforms for students in the Accelerated Learning Program.
According to Winrock project Director, Mr. James Yekeh, the donation is part of Winrock-ARCH project’s objective which seeks to also provide education for children especially those who had experienced child labor.
He said due to the current situation of schools across the country, Winrock wants to identify with school-going children through the donation of necessary schools’ materials which he said will help improve their academic strength.
Also speaking at the official turning over ceremony, MOE Montserrado CEO, Madam Cecelia Reeves on behalf of the Government extended thanks to Winrock for what she described as a bold step taken in ensuring that the children of Liberia return to school and have a favorable learning environment.
She referenced that though it was not so easy during the outbreak of the virus in the country the offices of Winrock were always opened to the needs of children, something she said the institution needs to be recognized for.
For her part, MOE Margibi CEO Gorma Minnie stressed that the Ministry of Education is faced with several challenges as it relates to the reopening of schools but noted that Winrock’s donation is timely because the Ministry has a lot of anti-Ebola materials for schools but lacks instructional materials.
She disclosed that sitting capacity for students at many academic institutions is a major problem noting that the donation made by Winrock was very helpful to the Ministry.
The Winrock-ARCH Project which is aimed at reducing the rate of child labor especially in rubber production areas in Liberia is being funded by the United States Department of Labor and implemented by Winrock.
The project also seeks to promote and improve policies to address child labor in Liberia and increase access to formal and informal Education services for children and also increase household income for about three thousand Households across its operating counties.
Winrock-ARCH Project is currently operating in Montserrado, Margibi and Nimba Counties where the items recently donated are expected to be distributed by the Ministry of Education.