A local nongovernmental organization Youth and Girls Educational Initiative on Sunday January 31, 2021 provided school fees and educational materials to about one hundred and fifty teenage girls particularly school going girls from Gbalekoma, Gonlonkluma Clan of district #4 and Sekou Village in Upper Margibi County.
The distribution of the educational materials and the disbursement of cash as school fees were presented to students from the Morning Star Academy in Sekou Village and the K. Orange Christian Academic School; while the process will continue this Saturday in Margibi and lower Bong Counties respectively.
- Orange Christian Academic School currently has enrollment of one hundred and ninety three students; while Morning Star Academy has forty three students as its enrollment for this academic year.
The group on Sunday presented to students copybooks, pencil, coloring, sharpeners and file with cash intended for school fees.
Youth and Girls Educational Initiative is a local organization that was established in 2016 with focus on education and health for underprivileged girls in Liberia especially in rural area that provides training, educational materials, health and the provision of school fees.
Speaking Sunday in Upper Margibi County, Youth and Girls Educational Initiative, Founder and Executive Director Miss. Paulema G. Gweamastressed the needfor equal opportunity for both the urban and girls in rural areas across Liberia.
Miss. Gweama observed that girls in rural Liberia have not been given the same opportunity as compared to those in urban areas; something she said is affecting rural parents thus making things difficult to send their children to school.
“The same way we give girls in urban area opportunity, those in rural areas must also be given the same and equal opportunity and be able to make Liberia a better place for all,’’ Miss. Gweama explained.
Miss.Gweama further said “based on our survey conducted by the organization, it was observed and established that girls in rural communities deserved more in every aspects of life most especially in the area of education and health.”
“When you say Liberia most people think that Montserrado is Liberia and Liberia is not just Montserrado. We have other counties and other girls that need us most, more than girls in urban communities. It is against this backdrop that for the past three years, we have been providing school fees, educational materials, training and health materials for female in Montserrado and rural areas,’’ she said.
She noted that female are the most vulnerable and are often marginalized in society as such; they must be care for in order to complete with their male counterpart if Liberia must be better.
In remarks, the Administrator of K. Orange Christian Academic School Pastor Clarence Tokpalizee thanked the local organization for identifying with students in this struggling economy currently affecting every sector in Liberia.
“I am so happy and don’t know what to say, it is by the special grace of God that directed these people here today, imagine, they pass by so many schools in Montserrado and Kakata, but located us in this corner, it is God,’’ Pastor Tokpalizee.
Madam SattaKollie and KorpoTokpa both expressed joy
“The tin in my mind to say, I na get nothing to say I only tell the people thank you for the tin they do for our children because we na get nothing, but let them continue to help us one day God will bless them too but today I am so happy because I will not pay school fees for my daughter or even buy copy book,’’ KorpoTokpa said.