The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated a jeep worth US$30,000 to the Ministry of Education to help facilitate the school health program on campuses across Liberia.
Turning over the jeep Thursday in the Monrovia, UNFPA Resident Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro said the vehicle is intended to buttress government’s effort through the ministry to enhance education in Liberia.
He noted that the enrollment of children in schools has increased in recent times, but regretted that most of the students, especially girls, do not complete secondary education.
He observed that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is stressing completion of school and quality education for the next 15years, starting from 2016.
The UN official emphasized that the UNFPA will support the education ministry to ensure that quality education is provided Liberian children.
Dr. Sogunro said it was unfortunate for Liberia to have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the world, noting that this is troublesome as it will hamper the SDGs in strengthening the education base of young people, adding that the older people in Liberia are more educated than the young ones.
Receiving the key to the vehicle, the Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Dr. Romelle A. Horton, assured that the vehicle will be used for the intended purpose, noting that it will go a long way in strengthening the country’s education system.
Dr. Horton pledged the ministry’s commitment to ensuring that qualified and competent teachers are hired to provide quality education to students, adding, “If Liberia should move forward, education is the foundation.”