Right to play Liberia (RTP-Liberia) has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the government of Liberia and its education partners to ensure sound and quality education for Liberian children.
The entity’s country manager, Timothy Paulus, defines education as key to the growth of children, requiring the involvement of all stakeholders of the process.
Mr. Paulus spoke recently in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, at a program that marked the official dedication of several early childhood school buildings refurbished by RTP-Liberia in the county to give a boost to the county’s Early Childhood Development Program.
He then lauded United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for providing the financial support for the project.
According to Mr. Paulus, RTP-Liberia has renovated and furnished about 15 school buildings in three of the 15 counties to meet the educational needs of children aged three. The refurbished buildings have already been turned over to authorities of the Ministry of Education (MOE) through UNICEF.
Tehneseo Brohdonyen, an MOE official at the program, cautioned parents to send their children to school, especially at an early age, to build a sound education foundation.
He expressed gratitude to RTP-Liberia and UNICEF for the project, and assured that the ministry will cooperate to ensure that the program succeeds.
For his part, UNICEF’s Communication Development Officer Theo Roberts, pledged his organization’s support to the growth of Liberian children, particularly in their respective areas of concentration.
He said UNICEF will work with RTP-Liberia to ensure that Liberian children have a clean and safe learning environment.
Mr. Roberts said with funding from UNICEF, RTP-Liberia was able to renovate several early childhood development structures in Lofa, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, and Nimba counties.
Madam Yah Newon, principal of New Sanniquellie Elementary School, who received the keys to the building, thanked RTP-Liberia and UNICEF for the project.
Madam Newon said the building was necessary at a time when school going children at the age of three were sitting at home doing nothing because of the lack of benches, books and other instructional materials at the school.
She meanwhile called on UNICEF to assist with the fencing of the school.
She said when that is done it will save the school’s facilities from intruders, who she said had often vandalized the school.
The New Saniquillie Elementary School is among several public schools across the country that have benefited from the renovation of Early Childhood Schools by RTP-L, with funding from UNICEF.
The students, who were happy for the school materials such as tables and chairs, also expressed gratitude to MOE and its partners for the renovation of their school. They also called on the MOE, UNICEF, and RTP-Liberia to do more for the children of Liberia.