Smile Liberia International (SLI), a local non-governmental organization, has distributed assorted educational materials to Kindergarten students who are benefiting from the entity’s scholarship scheme in five schools in Monrovia.
The exercise, according to SLI, is an effort to improve the country’s educational system.
Schools that benefited include the Children’s Hope Community School, Kingdom Life Christian School in the Township of West Point, and the Bishop Roland J. Payne Memorial Lutheran School in Logan Town.
Others are Deki Early Learning Foundation and Global Free Pentecostal Mission School in Barnersville and Chocolate City respectively.
Items donated include text books, boxes of coloring pencils, some drawing books and school bags, among others.
At the donation ceremony yesterday in Monrovia, students were delighted to receive the items.
SLI’s Executive Director Prince Parker said the items are provided directly to the students with the aim to encourage them to enroll in school.
He promised the students that the distribution exercise will continue to encourage the beneficiaries push for higher standard of education.
The distribution exercise was held under the theme, “Send Them to School Project.”
Already, there are 50 students benefiting from SLI’s scholarships program, and the organization is expected to recruit many other students.
He warned the students against selling the items donated to them.
The SLI, Mr. Parker said, is currently working with several needy communities to get children off the streets and into schools.
In separate remarks, Principals of the various institutions that benefited from the SLI gesture expressed gratitude on behalf of their students for the donation, and assured the organization that items received will be used for it intended purpose.
The principals have therefore appealed to other institutions operating in the country to emulate the example of SLI by encouraging the children seek better education.