A US$42,000 Elementary School is Dedicated in Bong’s First District

TUANKAN TOWN, Bong – A US$42,000 six-classroom elementary school has been dedicated to residents of Tuankan Town, in Bong’s first electoral district.

The project was allocated by Bong’s Sen. Henry Yallah as part of the Legislative Support Projects program. Yallah said the allotment was made in the 2016/2017 national budget for the school’s construction.

Lawmakers receive annual budgetary allotments for projects of their choice to be implemented within their constituency. In the 2018/2019 budget, each lawmaker as allowed to earmark US$30,000.

During the dedication of the school recently to the community, Yallah called on education authorities and parents in the district to make proper use of the structure.

As senator, he said he will continue working for the development of citizens in all sectors of the county.

“As I speak, every square inch of this county, I am touching lives,” Senator Yallah said

Senator Henry Yallah (center) and Representative Albert Hills (right) as they walk to the school for the dedication. Photo: Jonathan Flomo.

Meanwhile, the district’s education officer, Sunnie Kpee, asked parents to send their children to school, instead of going to the farm or other activities.

“I just want to admonish all parents that we shouldn’t allow this building [to] be for animals; we should send our children to the school,” he said. “The best thing to give your child ever is education.”

Kpee praised Yallah for ensuring that allotment was made to construct the school.

However, like many other schools in rural communities in Bong, the newly constructed Tuankan Town Elementary School does not have a single paid government teacher, let alone ones that are qualified. However, a few community members are volunteering their services to teach the students.

Students of the school attending the dedication program. Photo: Jonathan Flomo.

Kpee told The Bush Chicken that negotiations are underway to work with the county’s leadership to allot funds for teacher compensation during the upcoming county council sitting.

Another official who attended the dedication program was Albert Hills, the district’s representative at the National Legislature.

He particularly thanked the citizens for their support to the contractors throughout the project’s construction. The New Millennium Construction Company constructed the school.

“I want to thank the senator; it takes any man time to do what he did. Many leaders don’t think about their people. He brought such a project that will allow the little ones to be qualified for tomorrow’s society,” Hills said.

Like the district’s education officer, Hills challenged the community to maintain the facility and help encourage their children to attend the school.

Featured photo by Jonathan Flomo

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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