CEWCE, New Jersey Rotary Club distribute dictionaries
The Center for Women and Children Empowerment (CEWCE) and the New Jersey Rotary Club based in the United States of America have joined efforts aimed at strengthening and boosting government’s agenda to provide quality education in Liberia.
In an attempt to buttress such effort, the administration of CEWCE has decided to share portion of the 480 pieces of dictionaries it received from the Rotary Club with selected schools in the Monrovia corridor.
CEWCE, is a pro-women and children organization which runs a resource center and an outreach program, working with community based children to enhance their skills in several disciplines
Speaking at a formal ceremony marking the distribution of the donated dictionaries, CEWCE Executive Director, Madam Patience Blay-Attohtold beneficiaries that the books were originally intended for the use of kids her organization is working with, but added that it was also important to extend the Club’s goodwill to kids in other schools.
Madam Blay-Attoh noted that the dictionaries were meant to be used by the students in an effort to accelerate and enhance their reading, spelling and pronunciation capacities and stressed the need for the kids to have access to the materials at all times, something according to her the club believes would help build solid foundation for them.
Meanwhile, Madam Blay-Attoh challenged the administration of the selected schools benefiting from the Rotarians’ generosity to effectively use the materials, adding the effective use of the books would expose the kids to vast information besides the traditional usage of defining words.
“The dictionaries are rich and making use of them would help the kids to learn more.” She noted. However, the dictionaries that came in various colors contain the biographies of US presidents, including incumbent Barack Obama.
Other information available in the materials include the American Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, facts about the planets in the solar system, maps of the seven continents, information about the states that make up the USA and weights and measures, amongst others.
At least 18 schools benefited from the donation in Monrovia, although it is not clear whether there is any plan in the future to extend the effort to other parts of the country, particularly in rural Liberia, where more schools do not have access to quality research materials as well.
However, prominent amongst schools that received dozens of consignment of the books, include Haywood Mission Institute, Monrovia Open Bible School, Muslim Congress High School, St. Theresa Covent High School, Matilda Newport High School, SDA Junior and Senior High School and Gray D. Allison High School.
Others include, Susan Barry High School, World Wide Mission High School, Christ The King Catholic School, Cathedral High School, AGM Sinkor and Buchanan High schools and Apostolic Foundation High School, amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Principal of Newport High School, Mr. Stephen George and Madam Catharine Woods, a member of the Sinkor Rotary Club in separate remarks thanked the two organizations for their kindness, promising that the materials would be effectively used to benefit the kids.
They, however, appealed to the CEWCE Executive Director to always remember them when other opportunities come, adding that “we were grateful for this assistance.”