By: Emmanuel TJ. Kollie ( Reporter)
The Ministry of Education with support from partners has officially launched the hand washing stations and health kits for Students as schools reopened throughout the country.
The hand washing stations and health kits are being provided by the Global Partnership for Education(GPE) with findings from the World Bank and UNICEF.
At the launching ceremony in Congo Town on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Education Minister Ansu Dao Sonii, cautioned schools authorities in the country to take ownership of the material being provided.
According to Minister Sonii, the hand washing and health kits are to ensure the safety and well being of students while on campus.
He said as the country grapples to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it is important that schools continue to observe and follow the prescribed health protocols.
Minister Sonii maintained that in order to have a healthy, conducive and safe environment, it is extremely important that school administrators enforce the existing health protocols to the letter.
“We want to encourage all of our teachers, Principals to make sure that all of our students wear their masks, and wash their hands before entering campuses” he intoned.
The former UL professor also admonished students to instill discipline while in the learning process. He believes that getting degrees with no sense of discipline may lead you not fully actualizing knowledge obtained.
“To admit many of students these days are not discipline, you can’t be indiscipline and want to succeed in education” he stressed.
Speaking earlier Deputy Education Minister for Administration Latim Da-Thong underscored the importance of the materials describing it as significant gain by the Ministry.
He said with the allocation of US$7Million by donors for the implementation of the hand washing and health kits projects means that the Ministry of Education is making remarkable gains to improve the sector.
Da Thong noted as education remains an integral part of this government, it’s important that all hands come on deck to strengthen the sector.
Making the official launch of the hand washing and health kits project at the ministry, Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah called on students to remain loyal in observing the health protocols.
According to madam Jallah following all of the prescribed health protocols is one of the surest ways to combating and containing the spread of the coronavirus. “Today is a special day, and we are reaching a great milestone to contain COVID-19” she noted as she launched the project in Monrovia.
Dr. Jallah than committed the Ministry of Health willingness in working with the Ministry of Education to full implementation of the project.
The hand washing and health kits projects is expected to target over seven thousand public and private schools nationwide.
It is believed that following the launched of the project, distribution will begin in the ensuing weeks targeting Montserrado and Margibi and than to other counties.