LIBERIA: EU Envoy Says Investment In Education Is A Noble Contribution

The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Interlmann, has said investment in education is a noble contribution that one can make to the development of a country.
 
She said that is why the EU is glad to come in early to assist the Liberian government reopen schools around the country and help government fund the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities in over 500 schools.
 
She hoped that these facilities put in place in the various schools will be maintained so that the children can benefit from them now and in the future.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the EU Ambassador made the statement at a program when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially launched Liberia’s WASH in Schools (WINS) program at the C.D.B. King Memorial High School on Warren Street in Monrovia recently.
 
Also speaking, UNICEF’s Representative Sheldon Yett disclosed that 55 percent of schools in Liberia do not have access to water supply; 43 percent do not have functional latrines, while 80 percent of schools do not have access to hand washing facilities.
 
“All of us want all children in Liberia to go to school, stay in school and to learn,” he said, adding that “particular attention is placed on girls to stay in school and it’s essential that sanitation facilities are available for girls to stay in school.
 
Yett said he looks forward to working with partners and the government to ensure the statistics improve and ensure that all children can go to and stay in school.
 
Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, Dr. Saye Dahn Baawo, said the Ministry of Health will continue to work with the Ministry of Education to ensure that water supply is always available for students to wash their hands.
 
He said the Ministry of Health has in the past collaborated with the Ministry of Education to establish “school health programs” with the aim to go beyond WASH activities and include reproductive health, de-worming and screening children for hearing or visual problems.

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