Bong’s Fourth District Representative Distributes School Materials to Students

GBARNGA, Bong – The representative of Bong’s fourth district, Robert Womba, has begun distributing educational materials to students of the district. Schools in the Panta and Zota regions of the district have received donations of notebooks, pencils, and pens from the lawmaker.

Womba told The Bush Chicken following a distribution exercise at the Gbokew-Kollie Public School in Naama that the initiative is a symbol of his desire to assist parents in educating their children. He said he was especially targeting less fortunate students.

“Among these children, we have presidents, ministers, and great people. Understanding the challenges we went through while in school, I have come to identify with these little ones to make their dreams come through,” he said.

He also provided cartons of teachers roll book along with US$50 to each school. He estimated that the materials being distributed were valued at US$15,000 and partly provided by former residents of the district who now reside in the U.S.

The lawmaker also praised the schools’ faculty and administrative staff for their sacrifices in providing quality education for children in the district but expressed concern over the deplorable condition of the schools. Students, particularly at the Gbokew-Kollie Public School, are currently sitting on wooden benches.

The principal of the school, Moses Mator, described the donations as timely and praised the lawmaker for his interventions.

“These materials are very important to the growth of the school and they will really help us because the ones given by the government to the school already finished,” Mator said.

He said despite the interventions by the district’s representative, the school still faces challenges of limited seating capacities and instructional materials.

The student council president of the school, Emmanuel Vesselee, also lauded the effort of the lawmaker for his assistance to the students. Vesselee, however, called for the assistance of other government officials.

Featured photo by Emmanuel Ballah

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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