Child advocacy group, Street Child of Liberia, has embarked on the construction of six public elementary schools in two districts in Grand Cape Mount County.
Street Child’s Community Animator, Laybianumah T. Kwakpae told the Daily Observer yesterday that two of the schools are under construction in Garwala district and four in Teewor district.
He said the estimated cost of the project is US$25K. “The Tienimai Public School and the Kangafalie Public School will be in Garwala,” he added.
The remaining four schools in Teewor, he said, “will be the Sinje Teewor Elementary School, Bumah Public School, Njojah Public School, and the Ducorbongoma Public School.”
Anticipating the completion of the schools for the next academic year, he said nineteen teachers have been selected to undergo training at the Grand Bassa Teacher Training College.
He explained that each of the classrooms will be expected to accommodate 45 students and it will provide relief for parents and their children in the six communities.
“While Street Child is providing other building materials and benches for all the classrooms,” Kwakpae said, “the communities are also bringing rocks and other needed materials as their contribution.”
Kwakpae also revealed that Street Child has provided US$2, 900 to each of the six communities to engage in farming in the organization’s Income Generating Initiative. “The money is intended to develop farms in the six communities and the income from the farms will be used to pay teachers and take care of other necessities,” Kwakpae said.
He said the communities have embraced the plan and are working to ensure that they are successful.
Meanwhile, Kwakpae said each of the six communities has made available 10 to 15 acres of farmland and the people are busy working on them.
“They are very excited about the two projects,” he said, “because they know they are the ones that will benefit in the end.”
Street Child provides support to street children by reuniting them with their parents and guardians, as well as empowering parents with seed money to ensure that they have means of support. SCoL has over 400 children in its program.