President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she welcomes the return of the United States Peace Corps Volunteers to Liberia. She has also observed that Liberia is a youthful nation, stressing that the greatest responsibility of her government is to educate the children of the nation.
The Liberian leader spoke today in Kakata, Margibi County, when she received the key marking the official handing over of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) from United States Ambassador Donald Booth. The Institute, which has a coveted place in Liberia's educational history, has been renovated by the U.S.Government at a cost of $2.5 million United States dollars. President Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the U.S. Government for its support, describing KRTTI as just one effort on the part of her government's resolve towards renovating the country's educational system. She further challenged the teachers to have positive values as their foundation as they carry out their duties.
For his part, U.S Ambassdor Donald Booth described the renovated KRTTI facility as yet another outcome of U.S-Liberia partnership. He disclosed that U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers will be joining the KRTTI's faculty. The United States envoy said the fact that a Liberian architectural firm and three Liberian construction companies worked on the project symbolised a collective effort. He said his government looked forward to providing support to the higher education sector of Liberia.
The Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) is Liberia's second largest teacher training institute, accomodating up to 400 students. It was originally built in 1962 through a grant from the World Bank.
In another development, President Johnson Sirleaf has said that her government will not tolerate violent tendencies from citizens seeking to have their grievances addressed. She made the statement in Kendeja, Montserrado County, where she had gone to calm protesting students in the area.
The students had mounted roadblocks and threw stones, claiming that the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Information, had failed to complete the renovation work of the new building allocated to them. The President informed the students that they have a right to education, but added that the destruction of government property was not the answer to solving problems. She has instructed the Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Korto, to have the building renovated to enable the students resume classes.