The Bain-Garr Education District Principals Association in Nimba County has begun a US$15,000 residential project for a district education officer (DEO) that will reside in the district.
Ground breaking ceremony for the project was held on May 13 with the expectation that funds for the project will be collected by principals, teachers, students and members of the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA).
In a Daily Observer interview, the chairperson of the project committee, Stanley Beinbo, said the project would have begun last year, but was suspended due to the Ebola epidemic that raged in the country.
The project is the first of its kind to be undertaken by any education district in the county as it is the common belief that government should be responsible for such a project.
Mr. Beinbo expressed optimism that the project will be completed on schedule, stressing, “I see no reason why it will not because if it is completed it will ease the constraints faced by an assigned DEO looking for a rented residential apartment.”
For this part, James Saye Kardamie, head of the Bain-Garr Principals Association and principal of the John Wesley Pearson High School, said though no fixed amount is being set, teachers in all schools are going to contribute their quotas, while each of the students is being tasked to pay LD20 to facilitate the project.
He indicated that not all projects will be undertaken by the government, but community members themselves need to initiate projects for their own benefit.
He also expressed the hope that teachers, students and community members would make meaningful contributions to the project.
The present District Education Officer, J. Lynon Mator, in an interview said, while he may remain as DEO in the district, the implementation of the project was not meant only for his benefit, but for the benefit of others that may succeed him.
He applauded the principals association for the initiative and said he will ensure that it is implemented just as his presence in the district led to the final implementation of the DEO’s office project.
He contributed one month’s salary toward the project.