MONROVIA, Liberia, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
The physical rehabilitation of the schools was undertaken by UNOPS with funding from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. The cost for the entire project was more than US$500,000. The rehabilitation work ranged from repairing walls, roofs, and installing windows and doors to building a brand new schoolhouse in Kpotomai, Lofa County.
“Rural schools in Liberia suffered acute damage as a result of war,” said Wendy MacClinchy, Country Coordinator of UNOPS in Liberia. “Some of these schools were badly damaged with collapsed walls, no roof, or their physical structure was completely destroyed. What could be more important for Liberia’s development than making sure its children have good schools to learn in? It was also terrific to work with UNICEF in making a difference in the lives of so many Liberian children, and for generations to come.”
Counties benefiting from the physical rehabilitation and refurbishing of schools were Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Montserrado, and Nimba. With the exception the Dinplay Public School in Dinplay, Nimba County which is nearing completion, all of the rehabilitated schools have been turned over to Government authorities and are currently being used for instructional purposes.
“This is an outstanding partnership between two United Nations agencies,” said Dr. Bjorn Forssen, UNICEF Liberia Officer-in-Charge. “UNICEF and UNOPS have worked together on similar projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka and we’re very pleased that through this partnership we are able to improve the learning environment for Liberia’s kids.”
UNICEF is also funding UNOPS to complete the rehabilitation of four police stations in Bomi, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties and 15 healthcare clinics in Lofa and Maryland Counties.
UNOPS unique capacity is based on its project management and service delivery expertise that cuts across all UN sectors, mandates, and operational activities – from relief to development. A cost-efficient business approach that serves the demands of UN clients for results-based projects – combining management, logistics, procurement, contracting, personnal administration, financial management, local capacity strengthening, and reporting.
For nearly 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries to help children survive and thrive from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF works to advance the Millennium Development Goals by supporting child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations, and individuals. UNICEF is a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
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