New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Swedish Firm Revamps Schools

As Liberia recovers from a despair of a messy educational system, a Swedish International firm has committed its financial and technical support to Liberia through the construction of schools, capacity building and scholarships.

The program under the code name Swedish Education Fund for Liberia (SEFL), also intends to improve primitive educational structures across the country and provide school material packages for low tuition fees.

The educational project is being managed locally by the Muti-Services Liberia, a Liberian owned consultancy firm. Making the disclosure in Monrovia yesterday, the focal person of the project in Liberia Mr. Benson Whea said the project was intended to supplement government efforts in the education sector.

Whea named Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties as three beginning areas currently benefiting from the project.

"We are pleased to be associated with this project that is bringing transformation to the educational system of our country," he said. "We remain committed to this process and hope that others will see the need to do the same."

He told the New Democrat that dozens of under privileged elementary schools across the country have been identified to benefit.

"Through the efforts of our Swedish partners, we are currently completing the construction of a modern six class room school building for G. Hendford elementary school in the Palmfarm community in rural Montserrado County," he intoned.

He said within the next three months several projects valued at nearly US$50,000 could be carried out to various schools in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi counties. He however said the assistance will include the construction of a modern school building, provision of sitting logistics (desks) for students as well as equipped libraries.

The project would also see the scholarships for hundreds of Liberian students in several schools. As part of the project, series of refresher workshops for teachers and school administrators have been launched in the country.

The workshop which begun last Friday in Monrovia is intended to boost the human resource capacity of school administrators in the areas of lesson planning, class room management, record keeping and school budgeting, among others.

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