President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Breaks Grounds for New School

Friday, 24th November 2006
Throwing the first shovel of dirt to mark the beginning of a process that will provide basic education and a new hope to deprived Liberian kids
Throwing the first shovel of dirt to mark the beginning of a process that will provide basic education and a new hope to deprived Liberian kids
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken grounds for the construction of a six-class room school building in the Borough of New Kru Town. The Project, estimated at US$22,000.00 (twenty-two thousand) is a self-help initiative being undertaken by the New Kru-Town based Community Welfare Institute (CWI), outside Monrovia.

In remarks at the Program, President Johnson Sirleaf congratulated and thanked the Administration of the school for the continuous sacrificial services rendered to the children in the community. The President made a personal pledge to provide uniforms for all students in the school without uniforms.

The Liberian Chief Executive, has meanwhile, instructed the Minister of Education to incorporate all qualified teachers at the Newkru-Town Community Welfare Institute (CWI), on the government of Liberia payroll. The President has also pledged government’s fullest support towards the construction of the school.

She disclosed that a Team from the Ministry of Public works would work along with the school authorities to improve the architectural design of the school to include a library. The President informed the students and administration of the support being provided by the Liberia Education Trust for female education. She assured the Institute that (LET) would also assist in providing funds to improve the reading scales of the students, particularly female students.

Welcoming the President into Newkru-Town, hundreds of students from various schools in the Borough as well as ordinary citizens including the governor of the Borough, accorded the President a rousing reception.

Visibly moved by the interaction between residents and the president, the citizens lauded the Liberian Leader for government’s education initiative. They expressed special thanks to the President for “reaching out” to them through handshakes. “Times have really changed,’ remarked one by-stander. ‘I can’t imagine standing near my President and shaking hands with her, without being pushed away,” she added.

The Community Welfare Institute, according to its Principal, Robert Teah, was established, in support of government’s free compulsory Primary Education program. The school which operates a day and night sessions has a total enrollment of 686 students. (536 – day session; and 150-night session).

Friday’s ground breaking ceremony by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a continuation of her government’s drive to improving the learning environment for Liberian students. The President on Thursday participated in a reading exercise with Primary school students when she visited the Isaac A. David memorial Elementary and Junior High School in Paynesville.