China’s Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Zhang Yue, is looking out for more Chinese and Liberian institutions to encourage into carrying out friendly cooperation in different forms to forge sincere partnership.
He spoke Friday, 18 March while donating series of learning materials from the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia to school kids at the Lolognta Children’s Village in the Monrovia suburb of Fiama, Sinkor.
“We hope that these assistance actions will encourage more Chinese and Liberian institutions and individuals to join us in carrying out friendly cooperation in different forms…,” he said.
The Chinese envoy thanked the Confucius Institute, saying besides conducting normal teaching activities, it has always been sparing no efforts in maintaining and strengthening mutual understanding between Liberians and Chinese through cultural exchanges.
“I can assure you that all Chinese institutions and companies will always be here with the Liberian people for a brighter future of Liberia,” he concluded. Speaking on behalf of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the donation exercise, the Minister of State Without Portfolio Amb. Sylvester Grisby expressed the Government and its people’s appreciation to China for its generous donation, saying “It will go a long way.”
Minister Grisby said the items donated will help improve the students’ learning in a healthy and safe manner. He told the Chinese counterparts that the Lolognta project which he translated from Kpelle tribe to English meaning, “The Little Children’s Home,” is a community program for children from zero to six years old.
He said the program is designed to improve childhood development through a holistic approach that combines education, culture, health and nutrition and social development. Amb. Grisby said the project is coordinated from the Office of the President with collaboration of a technical committee consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Education, Health, Gender and Development, and Finance and Development Planning, respectively.
The school expressed appreciation to the Chinese Embassy, particularly the Confucius Institute for the assistance, assuring to make good use of the items donated.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne