River Cess County District #2 Representative Byron W. Zahnwea has broken ground for the construction of two schools in Yarnie District. The construction of the schools will be financed by the lawmaker.
Yarnie is the remotest district in River Cess – an area made popular under the regime of slain Liberian President Samuel Kanyon Doe.
The school, when constructed, will be named Gorr and Ghen Public Schools. The Gorr Public School is currently a makeshift structure in Wehblo Town, while learning at the Ghen Public School is conducted in a palava hut.
At the groundbreaking ceremony over the weekend, Rep Zahnwea decried the learning conditions of school going children in the district, adding that every child must have easy access to education regardless of geographical location.
“Education is a right and there should be no hindrance for any child who tries to seek an education. It seriously pains me to see people going to school under this kind of condition. As your leader, I will explore all means to provide you the necessary conditions in order to get quality education,” he promised the residents.
The Ghen Public School, established in 1958, is one of the oldest schools in the county, which over the years has provided primary education to some of the county’s prominent figures, including Senator Francis S. Paye, former Senator J. Jonathan Banney, and Cestos City Mayor, Sarah M. Zeo.
Since its establishment, the school has often operated in private facilities such as church edifices.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Yarnie Statutory District Superintendent, Morris O. Z. Reeves; Bear Worr Administrative District Commissioner, Augustus Richards; religious leaders, officials and members of the Yarnie District School System; and a host of citizens.
In their separate remarks, the speakers expressed gratitude for the lawmaker’s initiative.
“Every day y’all say no development in Yarnie, but I can tell you that our time has come. Thank you, my son, for the good thing you are doing for us. Anything you want, God will give it to you,” a speaker said.