By: Abel R. Okai/GNN-Liberia/Bong County Correspondent/Cells#: +231-886-576-379 / +231-770-019-857/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Gbarnga, Bong County – The Foundation for Recreation and Children’s Education (FORCE) has officially launched its Literacy Computer Program for kids in Bong County.
According to the Chief Executive Officer for FORCE, the launch is in providence for creating a computer lab and library at its children learning center.
Mr. S. Tonolah Varpilah explained the project provides the opportunity for children to have access to laptop computers, academic and functional reading materials, and internet services with an objective of improving their academic performances.
Mr. Varpilah further said, after a 2012 study conducted by UNICEF, one of the major causes leading children to drop from school is the lack of books and school supplies.
He added that FORCE is a non-profit organization legally established in Gbarnga with the mission of working with schools, communities, children-friendly institutions and individuals to help change the lives of children age 5-15 years.
“The organization envisions a world where every child is a winner and has the opportunity to create the desired future”, Varpilah added.
In support of this vision, FORCE established the children learning center in 2014 to provide after school enrichment program activities with the goal of developing and improving the academic performance and moral character of children through arts, dance, music, recreation and sports.
The center also enhances the ability of children to use their natural talents.
Serving as a guest Speaker to the program, the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate contributed ten pieces of mini Laptop Computers to the CLIP Project.
Madam Leymah Gbowee said, the live performances of the Kids signifies the fact that every child is accordingly born with a talent to motivate their country and the world as a whole.
She used the occasion to express, after winning the Peace Prize in 2011, she decided to establish a foundation which serves to educate the lives of young people in her society.
She appreciated the varpilah’s Family for their efforts towards the facility and the kids especially how timely it is contributing to the livelihood of less fortunate kids around the communities.
Madam Gbowee pledged Five Thousand United States Dollars annually to the management of FORCE with intent of paying the fees of less fortunate children to attend private schools in the county.
The official launch of the Computer Literacy Program (CLIP) was done on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.