By Antoinette Sendolo
In an effort to strengthen the educational system and as well as keep children in school, Winrock-ARCH Project has embarked on its school furniture and writing material distribution at the Larkayta Public School in Margibi County.
Items donated to the school included, arm chairs, teachers’ chairs, teachers’ tables among other furniture and writing materials.
The Institution also donated set of uniforms to be distributed to both boys and girls in elementary and junior high at the Larkayka Public School.
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 school materials which he said will help improve their academic strength.
He said the project seeks to ensure that children are back in school and also provide them with some necessary materials in order to keep them in school noting that children are the future leaders and as such they need to be supported.
“Ebola caused a lot of damages to this country especially to our educational system but I can assure you that Winrock is here to help students get back to school and remain in class,” Mr. Yekeh added.
Also speaking at the official turning over ceremony, Mr. Festus Sackie of the Resident District Education office extended thanks to Winrock for what he described as a bold step taken in ensuring that the children of Liberia return to school and have a favorable learning environment.
He referenced that though it was not so easy during the outbreak of the virus in the country, Winrock was always willing to aid the children of Liberia whenever they were called upon.
At the same time, the Deputy Director of the National Commission on child Labor at the Ministry of Labour stressed that Winrock’s donation is timely noting that though the virus is reducing in the country; most children are faced with several challenges which are handling them from returning to school.
He said Winrock has played a major role in reducing child labor in the country and as such they need to be recognized for their works done so far adding that the donation made by Winrock was very helpful to the students at Lakayta Public School in Margibi County.
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 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 several school going students are expected to benefit from Winrock’s school furniture and writing material distribution.