The proprietor of Kingdom Builders Elementary School in Klay District, Bomi County appeals to government through the Ministry of Education, donors and partners for learning materials to enable it adequately mold the minds of youth in the district.
Madam Massa K. Konah, in an exclusive interview with this paper over the weekend at her office in Klay, notes that the school needs educational materials to help students that are desirous of learning.
“As you can see, these are kids who are desirous of learning, and here they are sitting on the ground; this is why we’re calling on the government to come to our aid”, she appeals.
She made the appeal when a local NGO, Initiative for Democratic Alternative or IDA presented the institution a symbolic check for 90,000 Liberian Dollars as tuition for 21 students whose parents cannot afford to pay their fees.
“This is what our leaders and national government should be doing; this great gesture being undertaken by IDA is something that I have been dreaming about since the establishment of this school.”
She expresses gratitude to IDA for the opportunity, saying, “It is because of my passion for education that prompted me to open this school.”
Madam Konah encourages students, who did not benefit the gesture from IDA to keep focus, as other opportunities may come.
IDA Consultant Mr. Alvin M. Freeman, who delivered two separate checks to Jenneh Public School and Kingdom Builders School last Thursday, January 10, says IDA embarks on the mission in the wake of the prevailing economic situation in the country that has pushed parents in a difficult position in sending their children to school.
“We are involved into school and community programs, offering scholarship to less fortunate children in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Margibi, among other counties”, he adds.
According to Ms. Konah, Kingdom Builders School was established to help stranded parents, who cannot afford to send their children to well established or big schools in the county.
She points out that it started as a study class on her porch, where parents saw the improvement in their children, “and I thought it wise to expand it that was how the idea came about.”
According to the school principal, total enrolment is 116 students, from nursery to third grade.
Meanwhile, one of the parents, Richard Okai thanks IDA for providing financial assistance that would enable the kids to learn. “I’m overwhelmed because I’m totally stranded, as I speak to you, I’m not working, but to see IDA paying our children school fees brings me so much joy”, Mr. Okai reflects.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne