The recent Ebola awareness campaign launched by the Ministry of Education in Nimba County is said to have left out several communities along the Liberian border with Ivory Coast something many chiefs and community dwellers feel marginalized.
More than 10 communities were known to have been left out in the entire process according to reports reaching the Daily Observer in Nimba County.
The and villages where the Ebola awareness couldn’t reach are located in the Nimkwai and the Beo Chiefdoms as well as other towns along the border with Guinea.
“Josiah De-Gbon, Zone Chief of Glarlay, “we don’t know why our communities were left out in the Ebola Awareness exercise that is been conducted by the Ministry of Education, Nimba branch.”
“The recruitment for the training left out all our teachers from this community and we cannot understand those that were send to us,” he added.
In mid – October 2014 the Ministry of Education with funding from the United Nations Children Education Funds/UNICEF conducted series of EVD awareness workshops across Nimba for education authorities including district education officers, principals and among other from both public and private schools in Nimba so as to be able to disseminate the information within their area of assignments, but this recruitment appears to have left out many principals and their communities making it them to feel marginalized.
The actual compensation for each participants is yet to be established, but unconfirmed report reaching the Daily Observer suggest that upon the close of the exercise each participant will received the sum of US$ 200.
A teacher who does not want to be named because of fear of his job said, “because of the compensation being so heavy, our bosses recruited their relatives outside of the community and trained them to carry on the awareness.”
“We who with community as teachers and doing nothing at this Ebola crisis were left out in the whole exercise,” said another teacher.
When contacted via mobile phone at about 2pm local time on 3rd December 2014, the County Education Officer of Nimba County, Mr. Wleh Sillah said they didn’t marginalized any school, but school that was not part of this present phase will be covered in the next phase.
On the local radio recently, a teacher from the Beo Chiefdom complained of their area being left out in the entire EVD awareness exercise.
Since the Ebola outbreak many communities in Nimba, especially around the border with Ivory Coast are yet to understand more about Ebola, because those who take the message to them are of different background.
During the heat of the Ebola, a community around the Gblarlay Township refused to accept any preventive materials from some philanthropists accused them of trying to poison their water, all because there were no citizens from within that community was part of the team.