The founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, along with her husband, Mr. Francis K. Sio, has added to their free basic primary elementary school a free computer literacy program for senior high school girls in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Opening the new program recently, Mr. Eddie L. Williams, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Grand Bassa County Authority, on behalf of the Superintendent and other county leadership, thanked the ATDMF and the ROZALIA Foundation “for this great opportunity given to the young women of the county.”
Williams encouraged the students to make good use of the value-added skills as the world is now in the age of technology. He told them to be committed and focused as these skills can land them jobs and better prepare them for future challenges, including doing research in college.
The county’s PRO further challenged them to use the skills they will acquire to bring pride to the sponsors, and to serve as ambassadors of the ATDMF.
Williams also pleaded with the ATDMF to extend the free computer literacy program to other schools in the county so that more girls will have the opportunity to become computer literate.
The District Education Officer (DEO), Thomas Kerkula, thanked the ATDMF for what he termed as “this worthwhile venture,” and encouraged the students to take the opportunity seriously. He also appealed to the ATDMF to extend their program to other schools in the county.
For his part, Mr. Eric D. Peters, coordinator of the ATDMF in Liberia, outlined the goals of the Foundation and disclosed that it intends to carry out many women empowerment programs, beginning with Grand Bassa County.
Peters encouraged the youths, especially females in the county, to take advantage of the Foundation’s Women Empowerment programs aimed at preparing them for a better future. He thanked the ROZALIA Foundation, a Switzerland-based organization, which is partnering with ATDMF, for sponsoring the computer literacy program for girls in Liberia.”
Mr. Peters also announced that a tailoring training program for more than 40 girls will begin by the end of this month.
The ATDMF runs a free primary institution for kids in Buchanan, presently running from nursery to grade 2. The Foundation supplies students with uniforms, text and note books, pencils, pens and book bags.
The staff of the academy is paid from donations received by the Sios.
Mrs. Sio told the Daily Observer that her Foundation’s mission is to empower today’s generation for a better tomorrow by providing free primary Christian-based education to youth in underserved and marginalized communities in Liberia.
“Every child deserves the right to a sound education. Our goal is to stop the epidemic of high illiteracy rate among children in marginalized communities by providing free primary Christian education to over 200 young Liberians from pre K through 6th grade,” she stated.