With limited and sometimes zero budgetary support, many public schools struggle to acquire necessary school supplies. In some instances, teachers have to pull resources from their own pockets to purchase school supplies and in other cases, schools do not have supplies at all.
When you donate useful supplies to rural schools, where poverty abounds, you alleviate financial pressures on teachers and school administrators. You create an enabling environment for learning.
In this light, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo Foundation for Development (YFD) in collaboration with Agent for Positive Change, has donated several school materials to the Yarkpawolo Public School in Electoral District #4, Bong County.
Dr. Emmanuel Urey Yarkpawolo remarking during the donation disclosed that they have noticed that many children attending the school have been going to school since the start of 2022 academic year without book bags and as search it was necessary to make some intervention.
Pictures From The Donation
He disclosed that it was against this background that his big brother, Anthony Yarkpawolo, contacted Mr. Charles Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence contacted his daughter, Ms. Sonnie Christine Lawrence, Executive Director for Agent for Positive Change, an NGO based in Monrovia. Agent for Positive Change made donations that included several valuable textbooks, children dictionary, general reading books and 75 pieces of book bags valued about $500.00 United States Dollars. The donation was made recently on the compound of the school in Bong County. Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo said the donation was part of efforts to equip the school library.
Meanwhile 75 school going children received bookbags during the donation.
The Yarkpawolo Public School, which was built by Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo in 2018 and turned into Public School is located in Gomue Village and is providing quality educational opportunities to over 150 kids free of charge. It is the only school in Zota that has running water powered by solar.
“Our focus is to ensure that the youth of District Number 4, Bong County, and Liberia are educated and become successful. We want to ensure that the youth are provided with the opportunity to access quality education by providing necessary school materials,” Dr. Yarkpawolo told our reporter in an interview.
He asserted that giving back to humility has been his calling since growing up as a kid in rural Bong County, Liberia. He wants for every Liberian youth to be given an opportunity to learn and contribute to the development of the country.
Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo, who is also the President of The Salvation Army Polytechnic (T-SAP), a college that was recently elevated to grant bachelor’s degrees in several academic disciplines, disclosed that his institution will continue to provide necessary school materials while working with others in the education sector to create an enabling environment that supports good learning conditions in the country.
He thanked the Agent for Positive Change for the goodwill donation.
For his part, the principal of the school thanked Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo, Anthony Yarkpawolo and Agent for Positive Change for the donation. He said teachers and staff as well as students of the Yarkpawolo Public School were very grateful for the continued assistance Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo and his Foundation have been providing. “We are the only school in this area that can boast these school supplies. The rest of the schools in this area do not have fitting chairs but we have all of these. May God continue to bless you”, he emphasized.