In an effort to buttress parents’ effort in getting their children back to school in February amid financial difficulty, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has recruited 3,000 students across Montserrado County for its annual vacation job program.
The program, which should have kicked off last year, was suspended due to the deadly Ebola outbreak and subsequent closure of schools.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Communications Director, Macaulay Paykua, said the exercise is expected to bring together over 3,000 young people to participate in a week long activity.
He said the beneficiaries will have an opportunity to serve their country in different capacities at various government ministries, agencies, public corporations, including community service.
Mr. Paykua said at least 38 communities are being targeted in what is being dubbed as ‘special project’ to help needy parents with their kids’ education.
The exercise is recruiting students from grades 6th to 12th with ages between 15 and 21 from various communities, including Duala, Somali Drive, central Monrovia and Paynesville, respectively.
The exercise, which started on Monday, 26 January, runs up to Friday, January 30th. It will see students helping to clean various school campuses in readiness for the resumption of classes, effective February.
Among schools being targeted in the Bushrod Island community are D. Tweh Memorial High School, Caldwell Academy Public School, L.J. Barnes Mission School, Point Four Holy Chapel Church and the St. Paul Public School.
In Paynesville schools benefiting from the exercise are Paynesville Central Academy, O’Neil’s international School, Hope Center in ELWA community, while in the Old Road Congo Town communities schools involved include: Monrovia Open Bible Standard High School, R. C. Lawson and along the Somali Drive the schools are Special Project, and New Georgia Public School, among others.
By Sally Gaye