The Chinese Embassy near Monrovia has donated 10 brand new Dell desktop computers to the Faith Foundation School in Congo Town. The ceremony took place in the edifice of the Bethel Cathedral of Hope, which is the parent institution of the school.
Making the donation on behalf of the Embassy, Mr. Li Zhuang, Deputy Chief of Mission, said the school was chosen because of its high quality and advanced teaching methodology, which has deeply attracted students.
“As developing countries, both the Chinese and the Liberian governments put education as one of the top priorities. China is deeply affected by the problems and challenges which Liberia is facing, because it has experienced almost the same during the development process,” said Mr. Li.
Yesterday’s donation, he said, was a small step forward that indicates the Chinese people’s strong willingness to promote education, cooperation, and collaboration with Liberia.
Mr. Li reminded the audience about the immense efforts China has made over the years to Liberia’s education sector.
He said the Chinese government provides a yearly grant of 50 scholarships to Liberian students as well as training opportunities to 120 Liberian personnel in different disciplines.
“We provide the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship and Chinese Enterprises Scholarship every year to 10 Liberian universities with a number of more than 300 beneficiaries,” he said.
He named the construction of the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia; the extension of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC); three laboratories, and the newly built Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center in Zorzor, Kakata; and on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL) through the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) China Funds-in-Trust project; as tangible evidence of China’s commitment to education in Liberia.
Mr. Li has meanwhile encouraged the students to take full advantage of the donation and study hard to empower themselves toward successful careers. He said the future of Liberia and China’s friendship rests with the youth, and therefore the youth must strive to make their contribution to solidify the friendship.
Faith Foundation School Principal, Mrs. Della B. Belleh, who received the donation, expressed gratitude to the delegation from the Chinese Embassy for the kind gesture.
Mrs. Belleh assured Mr. Li that the computers will be used by the students during the upcoming academic year.
The donation, according to Mrs. Belleh, was made through special arrangements headed by Dr. Augustine Konneh, Director General of the Foreign Service Institute, who is also a member of the Board of the Faith Foundation School.
The school is owned and operated by the Bethel World Outreach Ministries International.