UNICEF Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has embarked on the distribution learning and teaching material, hygiene items, and reusable masks to 80 schools in Margibi and Bong Counties.
The distribution, according to UNICEF is part of its support to the government of Liberia and senior students of the benefiting schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
The government recently reached a decision to commence classes for 41,000 12th graders in preparation for the West African Secondary School Certificate Exams (WASSCE), which is expected in August this year.
Samuell Mawunganidze, Deputy Representatives of UNICEF Liberia said the UN organization is providing the learning materials including copy books, pens, pencils, and most importantly, reusable face masks to students in order to create an enabling learning environment for them as they prepare for their exams.
“We have also supported the schools with hand washing stations, where they can actually ensure that hand washing is actually practiced. We also supported the teachers with rams of sheets, markers, pens, and sets of reusable face masks,” Mr. Mawunganidze said.
Since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia, UNICEF Liberia in partnership with the government of Liberia has continued to support children and their families.
According to the UN agency’s COVID-19 Situation report, through the cooperation with MOE, 992,768 children (486,456 girls, 506,312 boys) from pre-school age up to the age of 17 have benefited from the radio-based lessons aired during the reporting period.
The agency in June also airlifted 14 metric tonnes of vital health supplies to Liberia, including oxygen concentrators, pharmaceutical supplies, and personal protective equipment.