Plan International, a non-governmental organization engaged in education and child protection in Liberia, has disclosed plans to liaise with schools to help them to fully observe the Ebola protocols as schools resume classes.
Speaking recently to the Daily Observer in Ganta where Plan International (PI) conducted a daylong workshop for school administrators and heads of parent- teacher associations, Plan’s education emergency coordinator, Miriam Murray, said PI will be closely working with schools in the county to ensure the safety of children.
In addition to providing some materials to encourage the observance of the protocols, Ms. Murray indicated that PI will be reaching out to campuses to observe hand washing, teaching administrators how to detect quickly an Ebola patient, how to get a sick child to the parent and monitor cleanliness on school campuses to ensure students’ safety.
She gave further assurances that besides the hand washing materials and thermometers provided to schools, PI, in collaboration with UNICEF, will be providing kits to students.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that one of the outstanding schools in Ganta, Hope Academy, will this year offer tuition-free education from nursery to grade 9 with less tuition fees for the senior high division.
According to the principal, Rachel Gbatu, students in primary and junior high division are to register with the amount of LD$500 and senior students will pay a total of LD$4,500.
The offer, according to the principal, is from Hope for the Nations, a Canadian based humanitarian organization, helping orphans in Liberia.
Schools were shut down under a state of emergency last year when Ebola infections reached an alarming rate, claiming thousands of lives in the country.