Liberia: Pro Education NGO Dedicates 1st Rural Computer Lab in Bong County
Bong County – Alfalit International Liberia and Liberia Ghana Mission (L-GM) has officially dedicated and turned over its first rural computer lab project to the Tailor Ta United Methodist School in Bong County to be run by the General Education Department of the Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church of Liberia.
According to Alfalit, With the availability of the lab, students of that rural school now have access to learning computer; which now put them on par with students in the urban areas by giving them exposure to the emerging world of technology.
The construction, setting up and tuning over of the lab is in fulfillment of commitments made by Alfalit International’s President, Dr. Joseph Milton when he visited the school in 2016.
The project is part of Alfalit L-GM’s mission of increasing Liberian students’ access to quality education under its scholarship and educational assistance program which supports 45 schools that are considered as adopted schools.
The project also supports students in regular grade schools with 7,300 sponsored students in about 500 grade schools and nearly every university, technical and vocation institution in seven of Liberia’s 15 counties being supported this academic year 2018/2019.
At the dedication and turning over ceremony recently, the CEO of L-GM, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings informed the gathering that the computer literacy will enable the students to obtain skills in computer without necessarily relocating to the city and holding to the belief that Monrovia is not Liberia as students in the rural community must equally have access to learning opportunities.
The management, operation and supervision of the computer literacy program, according to Rev. Giddings, will be squarely done by the School’s administration and the General Education Department of the United Methodist Church.
He encouraged the students to make adequate use of the opportunity now to be computer literate; stressing that Alfalit L-GM’s role was to provide them with what they requested for two years ago- the structure, computers and all the accessories needed to make the learning easy and possible.
Rev. Giddings: “When Dr. Joseph Milton and I came here 2016, you said you wanted computer lab, and today you now have it turned over to you. You also have a responsibility to take your learning seriously and make sure you don’t damage what we have given you. “When we come back here after a period of time, we want to come and see all the computers and the program working and not shutdown.”
The Alfalit L-GM’s Director also turned over a 5.5 kva generated which will be used for the supply of electricity to facilitate the smooth running of the computer classes and then called on the General Education Department of the United Methodist Church of Liberia’s Associate Director, Madam Helen Roberts Evens and her team to closely work with the school in getting teacher and to manage the day-to-day operations of the facility.
In remarks, Madam Evens thanked Alfalit L-GM for the computer lab project and renovation of the school building; describing the organization’s initiatives as a great help to her department.
“When I last came here(Tailor Ta), there were no doors, no ceiling, there were mats dividing the classes and the school building was not painted, but today I see all these have changed and now have the computer lab, I want to acknowledge what Alfalit L-GM has done by saying thank you” she enthused.
She then called on the teachers and the students to be good stewards by properly managing all what Alfalit L-GM has provided them.