By: Lewis K. Glay

Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted January 11, 2005

The Ministry of Education has received brand new Land Cruiser Toyota Jeeps from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), aimed at accelerating Liberia’s postwar educational program.

UNCEF’s Representative Angela Kearney, making the donation recently at the Anna F. Whisnant Elementary School at the Barclay Training Center, reiterated her organization’s unwavering commitment to supporting Liberia’s educational needs at every available level.

She said UNICEF donated the two jeeps to the ministry for one to be used for Teacher Training Program, while the other will be used for Accelerated Learning Program to enable Liberian children learn during the postwar era.

The UNICEF Representative noted that the gesture also intends to facilitate the travel of authorities at the ministry throughout the length and breadth of the country, thereby decentralizing their functions nationwide.

She recalled that UNICEF has been and will continue to be instrumental in providing training opportunities for teachers as it has done over the years of which 95 public schools are said to have benefited, while thousands of war-wearied children including former combatants have been encouraged to go back to school.

She emphasized that for 2005, UNICEF will embark on girls’ enrollment in school in order to minimize the high rate of female illiteracy rate in the country.

For his part, Assistant Minister for Teacher Training, Joe Jarwleh, who spoke on behalf Minister Evelyn Kandakai, commended UNICEF for its sustained support to Liberia’s educational struggle during the postwar era.

Mr. Jarwleh lauded UNICEF’s continued meaningful contributions which he believes are geared toward enhancing quality education for Liberian children. He promised that the vehicles will be used for their separate intended purposes.

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