China Turns Over Primary School to Maryland Co. Lawmaker

By Mark N Mengonfia-

MONROVIA-The People’s Republic of China has turned over a primary school to the people of Maryland Country.

The turning-over ceremony was convened at the weekend at the Chinese Embassy accredited near Monrovia.

The school according to Chinese Ambassador, RenYisheng is a gift from the People’s Republic of China to buttress the educational needs of Liberian kids, especially those in far-to-reach counties.

He said when he has just arrived in Liberia; he received a proposal requesting the building of a primary school from a Maryland county lawmaker.

“I was new and did not know if I could do it. So, I forwarded the proposal to my government with a good request” the Chinese Ambassador said.

According to him, his government responded positively which resulted to the completion of the primary school in that part of Maryland.

According to him, at first the government approved the construction of five classrooms at the cost of 60 thousand United States dollars but the contractor- China Henan International Corporation Group Co.CHICH-Liberia added the rooms up to six thus increasing the cost to a little over 70 thousand.

The building according to the Ambassador is constructed on 187.6 square meters and contains bathrooms, a teacher’s office all of which can accommodate a total of at least 100 students.

The Ambassador during the turning-over ceremony promised to equip the facility with chairs and the necessaries for the operation of a primary and at sometimes expand the school as time go by.

“More projects are coming,” the ambassador said with laughter across his face as he looked in the direction of the invited guests.

Speaking earlier, Maryland County District one lawmaker, P. Mike Jurry said, “The primary school will be the first time opportunity for children of Tobeyville to be in a structured setting.”

The lawmaker who appeared happy during the truing over program said, “I believe every child should have this sort of early childhood experience in school.”

He said preschool prepares children to get more academically, and helps a child develops socially and emotionally.

According to him, the construction of a preschool in the township in Maryland County district one is what he calls a golden opportunity to curb the extremely children vulnerable from doing things they may have been doing in the past at the time they were supposed to be in school.

Additionally, Rep. Jurry said the Tobeyville preschool in New Kru Town is overwhelmingly seen as a justification platform to grant equality and opportunity to the extremely vulnerable children growing up in the community to become the people of their dream.

“On behalf of the people of Tobyville Township, on behalf of the local government, I say thank you Ambassador Yisheng. Please convey our esteem and appreciation to the government of the People’s Republic of China” the Maryland County passionately said.

Maryland County Development Superintendent, Reuben Scott, and Chinese Amb. Yisheng signed and exchanged copies of the signed documents officially making the school the property of the people of Maryland County for the operation of the school.

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