By Stephen G Fellajuah
The People’s Republic of China through its Embassy close to Monrovia has constructed and handover to authorities the first primary public school in the township of Tobeyville, Harper District, Maryland County.
On Friday, January 27, 2023, the signing and handover ceremony took place in the conference hall of the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town. It brought together several government officials including notable citizens of the county.
The newly constructed Tobeyville Primary Public School is a gift from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the people of Maryland County, according to Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, stressing that children represent the future of a nation therefore thair education is important.
The school occupied a floor area of 187.6 square meters with one teacher’s office and five classrooms, three bathrooms and supporting facilities to host at least 100 students. Ambassador Yisheng put the total cost of the project at US$70, 000 with CHICO Liberia providing US$10, 000 of the total amounts.
About two years ago shortly after the Chinese envoy arrived to Liberia as the 6th Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Liberia since the end of the civil conflict in 2003, Representative P. Mike Jurry visited him and raised standing request for the Chinese Government to consider help in constructing a primary school.
Ambassador Yisheng forwarded the request of Representative P. Mike Jurry back to China with positive recommendations. At the beginning of 2022 it was confirmed that the request was approved with a budget of US$60, 000.
Continuing his remarks, he termed the construction of the school as an ongoing process to accommodate more students in the future and stressed that of the five classrooms, one was donated by CHICO, Liberia
The Chinese diplomat assured Representative Jurry that the Chinese Embassy will continue to work with his district to support the development of the school, to include it expansion and to provide chairs and desks.
China and Liberia are good friends and have been supporting each other ever since the establishment of their diplomatic ties in February 1977, Ambassador Yisheng noted.
In further remarks, he explained that since the end of the civil conflict the two countries exchanges have made landmarks achievement in trade and commerce, security, education, economy ect. He gave assurance that more projects are coming. For example, he named two overhead bridges, two laboratories for the 14- Military Hospital among others.
For his part, P. Mike Jurry, Representative of Harper District, Maryland County, seemed very impressed said the construction of the public primary school in the town is a golden to curb the extremely children vulnerable from doing anything they may have been doing in the past at the time they were supposed to be in school.
“In my mind, the availability of the public primary school creates future prospects to developing their potentials and chances of being good future leaders. On the basis of justice, the school will enable children in New Kru Town of Maryland to develop into future outstanding personalities
The preschool will be the first-time opportunity for children of Tobeyville to be in a structure setting, I believe every child should have this sort of early childhood experience in school, he said.
According to the lawmaker, the Tobeyville Primary School in New Kru Town is overwhelmingly seen as a justifiable platform to grant equality, opportunity to the extremely vulnerable children growing up in the community to become people of their dreams.
In concluding, he stated, “On behalf of the people of Tobeyville Township, on behalf of the local government, I say thank you Ambassador Yisheng. Please convey our esteem appreciations to the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”
Representative P. Mike Jurry was followed by Maryland County Development Superintendent, Reuben Scott, who commended the Chinese Embassy and CHICO Liberia for the initiative, saying the Tobeyville Primary School is a great help to the densely populated township of Tobeyville and the Harper District of Maryland County.
Also making remarks, Wu Zhenjiao, managing director of CHICO, Liberia said his company is privileged to have the opportunity to make its contribution in the establishment of the Tobeyville Primary School.
Mr. Zhenjiao mentioned that the facility is not a major construction project by money, but they are aware of the importance of the school for the future of the local children and community and added that CHICO did it uttermost effort to deliver the classrooms with quality and time.
“We all know that education is essential for the development of a person and a nation. From our observations, school infrastructures are in dire need across the country, especially outside of the greater Monrovia”, CHICO managing director said.
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