In an effort to buttress government’s response strategy to strengthening the educational sector of Liberia, a non-profitable NGO called Initiative for Democratic Alternatives (IDA) has restored hopes of destitute kids in two public schools in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
IDA Consultant Mr. Alvin M. Freeman delivered two separate checks to the Jenneh Public School and Kingdom Builders School Thursday, 10 January in Bomi.At the Kingdom Builders School, he presented a check for LD$90,000.00 and at the Jenneh Public School, he also presented a check for LD$34,460.00, respectively.
Mr. Freeman says IDA embarked on the mission as a result of the prevailing economic situation that puts parents in difficult position to send their children to school.“We are involved into school and community programs, offering scholarship [to] less fortunate children in Montserrado and other counties,” he states.
He says text books and other educational materials being provided include the financial assistance by IDA in the tune of US$5,165.00 for the 231 students that are benefiting from the assistance in five counties.
He says the five counties include Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Margibi.
According to Mr. Freeman, IDA has been involved into providing school materials like text books, bags and funding for their tuition.
He says IDA has 231 students in 11 schools that are benefiting from the financial assistance being provide by his organization.Meanwhile, Freeman says IDA seeks assistance from donors and partners before meeting its obligation of providing financial assistance.
“We are hoping to take this kind gesture to [the] rest of the counties and the introduction of skills training and adult literacy for people in other counties,” he explains.According to him, IDA focuses on students from kindergarten to sixth grade, and students that are not above 15 years.
Speaking on behalf of the Jenneh Public School, the Vice Principal for Administration Brima S. Coomber expressed delight over the financial assistance being provided by IDA.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley