Schools across the country are on the verge of reopening early next month, and many worries now border on how safe the school campuses will be with the Ebola Virus Disease still in the country.
This fear is harbored by many, including national government, school administrators, teachers, parents as well as the students themselves.
It is against this backdrop and in an effort to secure a safe learning environment amid the presence of the virus that the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL), in collaboration with one of its partners, the Trinity Church Wall Street in New York, has embarked on a three-day workshop on the dangers of Ebola and its prevention.
The Trinity Church Wall Street is a member of the Episcopal Church.
The three-day initiative is a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) workshop that is meant for administrators and teachers of Episcopal schools across Liberia. It is designed to prepare participants to reinforce the observance of Ebola preventive measures to students and ensure that the virus is adequately restrained from occurring in its school system as they open to the general public.
The workshop brought together 50 participants from Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Bomi counties.
Opening the workshop in the B.W. Harris High School on Broad Street, the Most Rev. Jonathan B. B. Hart, bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia and internal archbishop of West Africa, said the church has a history of involvement in preparing the minds of young men and women, from early childhood through higher education.
According to Archbishop Hart, one of the aims of ECL in educating youth is to help prepare them to becoming the intelligent and working instruments of our society in their adult life.
“Episcopal schools, like all other schools in the country, were closed owing to the deadly Ebola virus disease. You and I are here today because God spared our lives, not that we are much better than those of our brothers and sisters who have died from the virus but He saved us to do His work,” the Bishop maintained.
“I thank God in particular that at least all of our priests and clergy of the ECL have come through the Ebola virus disease and have survived to continue proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said.
“We must continue our ministry and besides that, the government has called upon all to reopen schools in the country. That is the reason the ECL is conducting this workshop,” he told participants.
Archbishop Hart also disclosed that next week the team will be going to the central region of Liberia to hold another TOT workshop for its school teachers in that part of the country.
The chairman of the Board of Planning and Development of the ECL, Dr. Roosevelt Jayjay, urged administrators and teachers of the institution to do all they can to prevent the students and others from contracting the virus, because this year is very challenging for school operations amid of the Ebola virus.
The three-day workshop, which started on Wednesday, is expected to end today, Friday in Monrovia with a certification of participants.