By Emmanuel Kollie
Moijama Educational Foundation, a local NGO operating in Kakata, Margibi County has provided over 108 seating desks for students of the Yahlon Town Public School in rural Margibi County.
Making the donation of the desks, the Public Relations Officer of the NGO Varlai Fofana said the intervention came following an assessment of the facility a few months ago.
According to Fofana, following the tour of the facility, it was established that since the school was founded in 2009, students have not had the opportunity to sit on furnished chairs prior to the latest intervention.
“When I came here to do NEC work recently, I observed that the students were sitting on the bare grounds, something which shocked me and immediately triggered our presence here today.”
The donation of desks by the MEF was in commemoration of the organization two years of existence
With just an elementary school, the Yahlon Town Public School is the only public learning institution in that part of the rural Margibi County providing education opportunities to Liberian kids.
Poorly constructed, the school facility lacks a concrete floor, a seating capacity, low manpower as well as limited blackboards.
Receiving the desks, the principal of the institution, Fedesco Marcus lauded the Moijama Educational Foundation for the gesture, terming it as timely.
He said the donation of the desks could not have been better than now as normal academic activities will shortly begin.
Principal Marcus however decried the lack of support to the institution over the years, adding that the school authority has continuously written the local educational office in the county for intervention, but to no avail.
He furthered that since the school was established by the community and subsequently turned over to the government in 2009, not a single instructor is on the payroll.
Mr. Marcus then used the occasion to call on central government, Margibi County authorities, NGOs, and philanthropists to provide support by upgrading the current condition of the school facility.
“It is so frustrating to have this kind of structure in this modern era, and so we need the support of everyone to ensure that this place is good for learning,” he said.
The Yahlon Town Public principal averred that the current roof of the school is in a deplorable condition, and he is totally worried as schools are expected to resume in the coming days.
He revealed that during the peak of the rainy season, the school is normally closed due to the bad condition of the roof.