Initiative for Democratic Alternatives – IDA-Liberia commenced the payment of fees for over 231 students in 11 schools 5 counties in Liberia. The schools include 6 private and 5 public schools which are currently partnering with IDA-Liberia on its GlobalGiving project.
As part of the requirement for partnership for the 2019 scholarship program, schools are required to set up bank accounts for payment of tuition for IDA Liberia’s sponsored students. IDA-Liberia’s financial team assisted most of the schools’ administrations to set up account at various banking institutions in Liberia in order to facilitate and expedite the payment process. Over 125 student’s tuition has been paid in 6 schools, while the remaining 5 schools’ administrations are completing the process of setting up their accounts.
IDA-Liberia officially commenced the payment of fees to schools as a commitment to supporting rural education in Liberia and a fulfillment of its promise to IDA Liberia’s sponsored students. Making a brief statement to the team in Liberia via skype before the commencement of the process of payment, the President of IDA-Liberia, Mr. Anthony S. Kolaco urged school authorities to see this as a great opportunity to make sure students are given the best in terms of quality education to secure a better future for them and their families. He further noted that “students should make sure, they utilize the opportunity wisely as this will help students achieve their dreams and aspiration.
Making a presentation of symbolic checks to schools, the Program Manager of IDA-Liberia, Mr. Alvin Freeman underscored the need to support underprivileged students who are faced with financial hardship. He also noted the need for students to have better grades in order to remain on the program. “I am glad today we are here to help students in need, and we will have continued as long as you make the required grades and do better in school”, Mr. Freeman said.
Making a brief remark at the program in Grand Bassa County, the County Education Officer Mr. A. Cisco thanked IDA-Liberia for the kind gesture and urged that partners provide more funding to IDA-Liberia in order to reach other underprivileged children in Grand Bassa County.
For his part, the principal of school thanked IDA immensely for this selfless humanitarian gesture.