The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) in partnership with Chevron-Liberia, Starz Institute of Technology and Google on Friday, March 11, launched its free Computer Research and Reading Center (CRRC) in Congo Town for adolescent girls.
The exercise is in commemoration of International Women’s Day, which is observed every year on March 8.
At the launch of the program, Cllr. Deweh Gray, GPFA Board Chair emeritus said the center is intended to offer free and basic computer and life-skills training to youth with a focus on females between the ages of 17 to 25 who are currently in senior high school and university.
By providing sustained access to vital computer equipment and computer training, Cllr. Gray said the GPFA is further empowering women and youth by providing opportunities to study in Liberia and abroad.
“Today’s event is not only for International Women’s Day, but to continue in the coming years an on-going computer training to empower girls for the job market,” said Cllr. Gray.
The goal of the Gbowee Foundation is to help women and girls achieve their ambition.
In appreciation of the group effort to reach thus far, Cllr. Gray expressed gratitude to partners for their support.
She also used the occasion and warned the beneficiaries to use the computer for do academic research rather than to search on Facebook pages to make “new friends.”
Launching the center earlier, GPFA board member Abigail Urey also urged the beneficiaries to use the center wisely in their educational sojourn.
In remarks on behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms. Stiffinnie Saunders, a GPFA scholar, thanked the foundation, especially Madam Gbowee, for the sacrifices made to ensure that Liberian destitute girls receive quality education.
She then promised the GPFA executives that the computers will be used for the intended purpose.