Initiative for Democratic Alternatives, IDA-Liberia has donated over 80 copies of assorted books of various titles to over 200 students from 2 schools in Margibi County, Liberia. The donations were made possible as part of IDA-Liberia’s support to rural education in Liberia. IDA is presently supporting 11 schools in 5 Counties, (Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi & Montserrado Counties) with over 231 students on our 2019 scholarship program.
The books were donated to IDA-Liberia by The Principled Academy in San Leandro, California, USA. Under the auspices of Kristina M. Seher, Head of School Emerita and Isaac Durst, current Head of School.
Donating the items to the schools, the Program Manager of IDA-Liberia, Mr. Alvin Freeman emphasized that the donation of books became necessary because reading and writing among students is on the low and the donation is a significant part of our support to rural education. He also noted that other schools in the remaining 9 counties will receive books as part of the package for the scholarship program.
“I wish these books will bring significant improvement in reading and writing competence of our students,” Mr. Freeman added.
He however added that IDA-Liberia would continue to support activities that will contribute to improving rural education and the educational sector in general in the county and other parts of Liberia.
The acting County Education Officer Mr. James G. Gaye thanked IDA-Liberia for the enormous support to schools in Margibi County and their commitment to see improvement in the educational sector in the county.
For his part, Mr. Joseph F. Gbanga, principal of St. EAFA elementary school thanked IDA –Liberia for the support and encouraged students to make use of the opportunity and improve their writing and reading skills .
Student Miatta P. of the 3rd grade class was very excited to receive the books and immediately took one and said, “now I will use this book to improve my writing skill and do my assignments”.