‘Liberia-China Relationship Not for Political Gains’

Mr. Li with students and staff

The Counselor at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Li Zhaung, over the weekend promised China’s commitment to help Liberia succeed in her development drive and said the relationship between the two nations should not be misunderstood as intended for political gains.

Speaking briefly during a donation of laboratory equipment and supplies valued at US$10,000 to the Faith Foundation School in Congo Town, the Counselor spoke of China’s preparedness to contribute to help transform the livelihood of Liberians.

Faith Foundation School (FFS) is a primary school owned and operated by the Bethel World Outreach Ministries.

“For the future of Liberia, we are trying to do our best in making sure children here receive better learning,” Mr. Li said.

“Each time I have visited this school, I saw these students the same way as Chinese students who want the best education to uphold the Chinese dream of development. To dismiss poverty in the midst of a growing population is to afford them quality education.”

Mr. Li pointed out that “to go far in any struggle as a group of people is to go together rather than taking on the mindset that each one is responsible for him or herself.”

“The lamps among the equipment are intended to get rid of mosquitoes and other pests that cause harm to students’ health. Install them at strategic places in the lab and you will realize that mosquitoes, cockroaches and other pests will not venture in and survive,” the diplomat said.

He then appreciated the school administration for helping the children in their

academic sojourn, and called on them to make sure that the materials are used to benefit the students.

Rev. Della B. Belleh, principal of FFS, thanked the Chinese government for the gesture and promised to help students actualize their educational dreams.

“You are indeed true partners because you come when there is always a need and do what is right out of passion,” Rev. Belleh said. “Our laboratory will not be limited to science instructors alone. Everyone will have a part to play so as to ensure students’ learning is never halted.”

For his part, the co-chairman of the school’s Board of Directors, Rev. Augustine Konneh, said it is good to acknowledge the contributions China has made to support Liberia’s development.

“The infrastructural development, including road construction, housing and educational centers, namely: the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), the University of Liberia (Fendall Campus), as well as the many other capacity building programs, are evident of China’s true friendship with our country that presently has nothing much to offer in return,” he said.

Konneh commended the Chinese Embassy on behalf of the Board for all it is doing in the country, particularly in the education sector.

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