Hundreds of students over the weekend held activities to commemorate the Day of the African Child in an event first initiated by the Organization for African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU). It raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of education provided to African children.
Serving as the keynote speaker at the event held under the global theme, ‘Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development,’ was Superintendent of Grand Kru County, Doris Ylatu .
The event took place in the edifice of St. Patrick’s Claver Catholic Church in Grand Kru County where hundreds of students of Bridge PSL (Partnership Schools for Liberia) from four schools which included PG Wollor, GT Nimely, Community Based and Joseph Blamo Toe, were in attendance.
Supt. Ylatu called on the Partnership Schools for Liberia to aid her administration in the establishment of a computer lab in the county, to enable students to acquire IT knowledge, and called for the extension of the program to several other public schools in the county.
The county’s DEO (District Education Officer), City Mayor, and the local county leadership were also in attendance. The ceremony coincided with the departure of a Peace Corps volunteer in the county who has served for a little over two years.
Bridge PSL currently has 19 schools operational in Grand Kru County.
The day of the African Child commemorates South African protests in 1976, which aimed to improve education. Hundreds of young students were shot, the most famous being Hector Pieterson, and more than a thousand were injured, leading to the OAU announcing this day to honor hundreds that died in pursuit of quality education.