(Xinhua) — The Liberian government has commended China’s Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia for donating assorted educational, medical, sports and nutritional supplies to children at Lolognta Childhood Development Center in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The donation is another manifestation of the true people to people friendship between China and Liberia, Minister of State for special duties, Sylvester M. Grigsby, said at the handing over ceremony on Friday.
He said the government and people of Liberia are extremely appreciative of the generous donation by the People’s Republic of China and indicated that the donation is a clear manifestation of China’s true friendship and partnership to Liberia.
He told his audience that China has continued to be a significant and strategic partner to Liberia’s development agenda.
Grigsby indicated that the donation bears further testimony of how China remains a dependable partner in Liberia’s reconstruction drive.
He stressed the need for renewed momentum around the issues of early childhood development in Liberia that will reinforce community partnership organized around education and health as a viable and sustainable way to achieve the desired objectives.
According to Grigsby, the donation will go a long way in improving learning in a healthy and safe manner for the children of Liberia.
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue said the donation is done under the framework of China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action, which was initiated during the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2012.
He said the Confucius Institute, Chinese-owned companies and Liberian institutions have implemented a series of actions including the donation of agriculture items, street lights, school and office materials.
The Chinese envoy said that Liberia and China have maintained a profound traditional relationship, which lies on the solid foundation of their peoples’ support.
On his part, Huang Jian, Co-director of Confucius Institute said the children are the future of Liberia and therefore must be supported at all levels.
He thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her commitment to the initiative and pledged his institution’s continued support to education in Liberia.