The over 800 students of the Ann Sandell Independent School in Paynesville will now have the opportunity to sharpen their academic skills as their school has received several boxes of books and a set of computer donated to the school by an international organization—The Links Incorporated.
The books donation was a gesture of an American-based non-profitable organization—The Links Incorporated, made the donation of the books and the set of computer based on her sense of passion for education; as a means of encouraging the students and their teachers to spend time in the reading (room) library, instead to leisurely roam the courtyard during and or after school hours.
The Links Inc. is an organization of professional black women-who are spread across the United States of America (USA) and other parts of the world.
It did not only donate boxes of books, but also donated to the school a brand new set of computer that would help the staff complete most of their academic writings on time, and make improvement in their individual computer skills.
The materials were presented to the Administration of the school recently by two officials of The Links Inc., —Gregory and Pearline Greene. Greg is a retired business executive, and an ex-officio of The Links Inc., while his wife, Mrs. Pearline Greene, works with the entity as Coordinator for Education across the Miles Special Programs.
She told the Daily Observer that the books were solicited by the organization from some of her members, and other kind-hearted individuals in the Americas and shipped to the Ann Sandell Independent School in Monrovia by Books For Africa. This is a name for an organization with a simple mission; collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa with the aim to end the book famine on the continent.
Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 30 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. In 2012, the entity shipped 2.2 million books valued at US$28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.
The Ann Sandell School
The Ann Sandell Independent School, located on Police Academy Road, Paynesville–outside Monrovia, is a tuition-free primary school.
Established over 20 years ago, as tutorial classes, “because at that time, all the Ministry of Education (MOE) approved and functional schools have ceased to operate as a result of the civil crisis,” the proprietor, Leabeh Gbowee narrated.
According to Mrs. Gbowee, the school prior to constructing its present campus on the Police Academy road, early conducted classes in mat-structured partitioned rooms. It later acquired a land space, at least an acre-size through the kind gesture of Mrs. Rose Meds Sherman.
Mrs. Sherman, a retired Liberian social worker, according to the story, virtually donated the land on which the school is today’s operating on. She had served as the Assistant Minister in charge of School Welfare at the MOE.
The school, like any other institutions in the country, though founded during the crisis period as tutorial classes, suffered the devastating effects of the 14 long-year civil crisis too.
Mrs. Rose Mends-Cole Sherman, who presented the land for the construction of the school also played a key role in the establishment of the school, and had continued her interest and support up to date.
“Through the intervention of Mrs. Sherman, the school has now acquired a junior high status with over 800 students beginning from K-classes to the junior high section, and fully recognized by the MOE, but operates as a tuition-free school catering to the needy, especially the vulnerable children,” Mrs. Gbowee has said.
Of the 31 teachers, nine are females with only ten being employed as government’s assigned teachers, while the rest are “volunteered teachers.”
Mrs. Gbowee has meanwhile, remained grateful to The Links Inc., for the donation as well as her intervention to train most of the teachers over the years.
The LINKS INCORPORATED
The Links Inc. has earlier provided funds for the renovation of the library at the School for the Blind in Monrovia, and sent several boxes of books and teaching equipment (aids) to help augment reading skill of the visually impaired pupils.
This year, the Links Incorporated celebrated more than 65 years as a women's volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; its legacy of friends providing services that change lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946 is alive and well.
The members of the Links Inc. are influential decision-makers and opinion leaders. The entity has attracted many distinguished women-who are individual achievers and, who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers, who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.
With more than two million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually.