Swedish Based NGO Constructs School In Liberia For Refugees
Posted January 9, 2004
A school intended to cater to the educational needs of Liberian children especially the less-fortunate in society, is presently being constructed by the Liberia Dujar Association, a Swedish development assistance organization.
The school is expected to be completed in the Township of Gardnersville by the end of this month, according to Mr. Dennis Toe, the Project Director of the Liberia Dujar Association.
Speaking to The INQUIRER on Monday at the Association’s Carey Street offices, Mr. Toe said the new school will focus on academic studies from the elementary through junior and high school levels with the aim of catering to many children as possible.
He said the institution will be a community-oriented school focusing on Liberian refugees who fled from the crisis in neighboring Ivory Coast but are unable to enroll in other schools because of time constraint among others.
Also speaking on the issue, the prime mover and brain behind Dujar, Madam Lois Hemgren who recently arrived in the country from Sweden to access the activities and projects of the Liberia Dujar Association, said in addition to regular academic activities, the school will run vocational training programs for the students as is done in other schools operated by Dujar.
Madam Hengren said the new school may also run an evening session for elderly people who are unable to mix up with the youth.
She said all will be done by Dujar to bring in people from Sweden to train the faculty and administrative staff at certain level, stressing that Dujar’s aim is to be used as a model for the educational system which should include modern ways of teaching.
Madam Hemgren added that she is in the country along with three Swedish youths who according to her, held three separate meetings with their Liberian counterpart who are expected to be part of the new Dujar school project.
She said during these meetings, the Swedish youths whom she named as Marie-Louise Engstrom, Mammie Jappah and Rose Sorensen, exchanged views with their Liberian counterparts on how they can share and do things in common among others.
In a related development, Madam Hemgren an advocate of human rights and fair play, has been awarded a certificate by the Swedish United Nations for her excellence in human rights advocacy.
The award was presented to Madam Hemgren on December 10, 2003, the same date the Nobel Peace Prize is given out to deserving people.
Two other human rights advocates from Eritrea and Egypt also received the award alongside Madam Hemgren.
Meanwhile, Madam Hemgren is urging Liberians to do all they can to try and maintain peace in the country.
She said perfect peace is a priority to reconstruct the country and give it a look that it will attract tourists and investors to come to the country as a way fo increasing the country revenue base.