‘Right To Play International’ Launched in Liberia

Thursday, 4th October 2007
Some young Liberians during the launching program.
Some young Liberians during the launching program.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the launching of the ‘Right To Play International’ in Liberia symbolizes much of what her government represents. The President said programs being implemented for the children of Liberia will set the basis for the future.

The Liberian President was speaking early this week at the Monrovia City Hall when she served as special guest at a program marking the first anniversary exhibition of ‘Right To Play’ Liberia. An Executive Mansion release quotes the President as saying, government’s emphasis on education is meant to ensure that children are adequately prepared for the future.

The President thanked ‘Right To Play International’ for choosing Liberia as one its centers of operation. The Liberian leader reiterated that one of her greatest achievements is to make the children of the country smile once again, a principle ‘Right to Play’ is helping to bring to reality.

For his part, ‘Right To Play Liberia’ Country Manager, David Sombie, informed President Johnson Sirleaf that the group has received a grant in the amount of 1.2 million U.S.dollars from the McCall McBain Foundation of Switzerland. The grant, he said, is intended to enable the group to expand its activities in Maryland, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh counties. Mr. Sombie added that the group’s vision is a safer and healthier world, using sports and recreation to achieve development, health and peace. Mr. Sombie also thanked the Government of Liberia for supporting the sports for peace and development program.