By Moses Owen Browne, Jr.
Plan International has started the construction of a modern school in Lontuo, Nimba County.
Lontuo, a large community of more than 4500 inhabitants, has a single public school in Twah River District which was founded in 1975.
It’s an elementary school with 445 pupils as of academic year 2015. The classes are overcrowded, no chairs, no toilet facilities, no libraries and safe drinking water.
“We are building this modern school to ease the burden of over-crowdedness, increase enrollment and meet the enormous challenges faced by the community,’ said Joseph Nyunkor, Plan International Liberia Nimba Office Manager.
The new school will have a laboratory, two libraries for senior and junior high students. Plan International will also construct a recreational center, 5 modern latrines, 2 safe drinking points and a playground.
Plan International has been working in Liberia since 1982 with 326 communities with programs targeting the areas of Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Education and women empowerment, Livelihoods for household economic security;
Protection, including in emergencies.
“Education is the only pathway and policy to sustainable development, economic revitalization and prosperity,” said Joseph Nyunkor, Plan International Liberia Nimba Office Manager.
Oscar D. Wopleh, development chairman for Lontuo said during
the presentation/introduction of the contractors to the community.
“Today is like a Christmas day to me because my dream has to reality. This is a dream come true. All of our neighboring towns in this clan have school buildings even though they are not modern like the one Plan is building for us, but at least our children will now go back to school and acquired quality education”.
“Our children will now have access to modern school system that will encourage them to be serious with their education. Many thanks to Plan International Liberia and the white people that gave their money for the construction of this modern school,” added Mr. Wopleh.
Moses Owen Browne, Jr., Media & Communications Coordinator, Plan International Liberia, +231770009018/+231886493370