The United Nations Children’s Fund in partnership with the Government of Japan and the Ministry of Education (MOE) has handed over the first senior high school built in Nyehn Town Community, Todee Electoral District#1, Montserrado County.
The school built at a price tag of US$116,000 is expected to promote quality higher education in the area.
The handover ceremony of the Nyehn Town Primary School campus was held on Thursday, August 21, in Nyehn Town.
The Nyehn Town Primary School was established in 1943 by William Siaka Freeman, under the name William Siaka Freeman Memorial Institute. The school started as a pre-elementary school with classes from kindergarten to 3rd grade.
At the turn over ceremony, UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia, Sheldon Yett, expressed the entity gratefulness to have partnered with the MOE and the Government of Japan to construct and now unveil the new school building for the children of Nyehn Town.
The newly constructed seven classrooms contains other department such as teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, storeroom, toilets for boys and girls, hand pump for clean safe drinking water, hand washing facilities and furniture for students and teachers.
Mr. Yett said it is the fulfillment of the Government of Japan and UNICEF to ensure that Nyehn Town gets better education for their children.
“As you know, the school has not had adequate space for all the students, but the new buildings and the facilities will therefore help ensure that there are adequate spaces to accommodate all the students.
The school caters to over 660 students with half of them being boys, while girls from 13 other towns and nearby villages in the district have also enrolled.
For that, Mr. Yett described it an encouraging sign that an equal number of girls and boys would continue their academic sojourn and remain happy.
The UNICEF Representative said as part of their commitment to help put in place the right infrastructure that would create a safe child-friendly learning environment, which as the first step towards improving education in the community.
He added that the success of school will depend on the students, parents and the community itself.
Mr. Yett used the occasion and called on parents to commit their children to start school at the right age. He also challenges them to take the responsibility as parents to make sure their children receive the education they deserved.
For his part the Minister of Education George Werner, thanked UNICEF and the Japanese Government for the support to the Government and people of Liberia
Following the minister’s observation of the student’s spelling bee competition, he disclosed that from the level of their performance showed that the students are very bright.
Minister Werner disclosed that between 500-600 schools in the country are yet to be reconditioned to provide the needy environment for learning.