The Government of Liberia, through the Ministries of Education and Health, has expressed readiness for the re-opening of Schools throughout Liberia.
Speaking Tuesday at a warehouse wherein anti-Ebola materials stored, the Country Representative of United Nations children organization, UNICEF, Sheldon Yett, said they were partnering with the Government of Liberia to support the its process for the safety and return of children to school.
He said anti-Ebola materials will be distributed to all schools to keep the children safe from the deadly Ebola virus.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Education Ministry, Ramses T. Kumbuyah, expressed gratitude to UNICEF for its efforts toward the return of Liberian children back to school, indicating that the efforts made by UNICEF was not a surprise because the organization has always been there for Liberia.
He said the anti-Ebola materials will be distributed among both Public and Private schools so that the children can be safe while in school.
He assured parents that with such progress, they would be comfortable to send their children back to school as schools re-open on February 16, 2015.
He warned parents against allowing their children to go school when they suspected of fever.
He added that the entire school environment will be kept clean and safe for the kids.
He said the anti-Ebola items will be given to 5,181 schools already registered with the Ministry of Education in its data base. “If your school is not registered in our data base, it will be difficult for us to know that you have a school, and the items were made according to the schools we have,” he noted.
The head of the Incident Management System or IMS, Tolbert Nyenswah said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf anticipated the return and safety of the children in school, noting that by February 4, 2015, Grand cape Mount County will be joining the 13 other counties of country that are Ebola-free. He said Montserrado was reporting a few cases that can be contained, and that the whole country will be safe for the re-opening of schools.
By Ethel A. Tweh