New school furniture for schools across Liberia [28 Aug 2013]
Montserrado County: 28 August 2013: When the new academic session starts in September 2013, hundreds of children in six schools under Paynesville and Careysburg districts in Montserrado County will have better and comfortable classrooms with new school furniture to ensure a better learning environment.
This week, the Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF, is delivering new chairs and tables schools in Montserrado County, benefitting hundreds of students at Soul Clinic Public School, Paynesville Voker Mission Community, Paynesville Joe Bar Community School, JCN Howard Nursery School, Pipeline Academy and the Careysburg Public School. Currently, many children in schools across Liberia are forced to sit on the floor or on rocks, due to shortage of classroom furniture.
The Minister of Education, Honourable Etmonia Tarpeh said, “We are grateful for the continued support from UNICEF to improve access and quality of education for children in Liberia. Improving the quality of education in schools is the Ministry’s top priority, and we are accelerating our actions with the support of partners especially in strengthening the decentralization of the education system, addressing gaps in service provision and piloting a revised and relevant school curriculum.”
The deliveries are part of UNICEF’s school furniture support plan for 136 schools in 11 counties in 2013 and early 2014. This includes 30 new and 60 renovated schools supported by UNICEF with funds from the Government of Japan. The remaining schools are existing institutions identified by the Ministry of Education having acute shortage of desks and chairs for students.
“Children are able to learn well and perform better in schools if they are comfortable. However, just furniture and school buildings will not improve the quality of learning in schools. We are working with the Ministry of Education and partners to urgently address all areas including the shortage of qualified and competent teachers, relevance of curriculum to Liberia and West Africa, and engagement of parents and community leaders,” said the UNICEF Liberia Representative, Sheldon Yett.
In addition to supply of school furniture and learning materials, UNICEF supports the Ministry of Education and partners in policy and curriculum development, introduction of innovative education initiatives, livelihood and life-skills development, training of teachers and enhancing planning, management, supervision and monitoring both at the central and county level.
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