ZWEDRU| (LINA) – The Tecee Boley Educational Foundation (TBEF) has extended its branch to Grand Gedeh County as part of efforts to improve the educational sector of the country.
The objective of the foundation is to provide educational support through scholarships to deserving Kindergarten and Elementary students with yearly average of 80 percent and above.
In an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) on Monday, Boley, who is Executive Director of the Foundation, said the organization will work with civil society organizations and the Ministry of Education office in the county to ensure that the exercise becomes successful.
Boley said vetting of deserving students will be done by a team comprising G. Garley Marh from the Amu-Wlu Forum, which is a civil society organization, and Ms. Felecia Duncan of the Southeastern Women Development Association (SEWODA).
According to Boley, they will recruit beneficiaries from the three Statutory Districts of Gbarzon, Tchien and Konobo in Grand Gedeh County.
Boley indicated that the vetting process will be free, transparent, fair and void of personal interest and will from time-to-time call for test papers and grade cards of selected beneficiaries in order to ascertain their progress.
She revealed that the foundation is considering female students, noting that her intention to select females is to empower and produce the likes of VP Jewel Howard Taylor, noble peace laureate Leymah Gbowee, First Lady Clar Marie Weah and the likes of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, among others, who will champion the cause of women leadership in the county along with their male counterparts.
Commenting on rumors that she program has political undertone, the Liberian journalist clarified that she has not come to the county to mobilize people in her interest or undertaking such endeavor as a result for political reason.
“This is my way of giving back to my county and by and large the country, by developing young women who will step in our footsteps when we shall have left,” Boley pointed out.
She called on parents and guardians in the county to take advantage of this great opportunity and encourage their children to improve their performances in school so as to become beneficiaries now and in the future.
The Tecee Boley Educational Foundation was established in 2015 and is currently working with several schools in Montserrado County, including the Shirley Coleman Memorial Institute in Barnersville and Weetom Thompson Foundation School in Johnsonville.
Several students are currently benefiting from the program, Boley said.