Residents of Gbewein Town Community Get New Primary School

Monday, 8th October 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Another school structure has been dedicated under the Liberia Education Trust (LET) Literacy Program.

The newly constructed primary school was dedicated over the weekend in Margibi County by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In remarks marking the dedication, the President welcomed the partnership among government, contributors, residents and implementing agencies to ensure the speedy implementation of the project.

An Executive Mansion release says the President urged parents to take advantage of the opportunity provided under governmentís free and compulsory primary education policy. The Liberian leader said efforts will be made to ensure that the structure is utilized to the fullest by introducing a literacy section for adults.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has granted a request by residents of Gbewien in Margibi County to change the name of the newly constructed elementary school.  The Joe Blow Town Primary School will now be known as the Gbewien Town Primary School. The President said the decision was in keeping with the wishes of the residents to have the school carry a name that truly reflects the wishes of residents of the area.

Paramount Chief Reuben Due contended that the name ĎJoe Blow,í was not a true representation of the people of the area and recommended a change in the name. Amid cheers, Paramount Chief Due said 'Joe Blow' was a Guinean auto mechanic who migrated to the area. Having a school named in his honor, the Chief argued, was a disservice to the residents who have resided in the area over the years.

The Gbewein Town Primary School is the latest construction under the Liberia Education Trust education program aimed at rehabilitating or constructing fifty schools, training five hundred teachers, and awarding scholarships to five thousand students.

The Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment, Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah, said that construction has begun on fourteen of the eighteen schools. The remaining four schools are to be constructed during the dry season.

Mr. Kumbuyah lauded the Yata Construction Company for the timely completion of the project. The head of Yata Contractual Services, Mr. Luther Jacobs, said Liberian contractors are prepared to prove that they are up to the task when given the opportunity.

The school structure is in fulfillment of a promise by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the people of Gbewein town, following floods which destroyed their area nearly two years ago. More than two hundred students have already registered for this yearís academic year.