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Pres. Sirleaf wants new push in early childhood development

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Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 18, 2016)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is calling for a renewed momentum on early childhood development in Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf wants community partnerships organized around both education and health as a viable and sustainable way to achieve the National Poverty Reduction goals.

She said Health and education are the pillars of sound child development strategy and the two must be tackled simultaneously in the country.

The Liberian Leader’s statement was contained in a speech delivered on her behalf by the Minister of State Without Portfolio, Sylvester Grigsby, at a handing over of assorted materials by the Chinese Confucius Institute in Monrovia, Friday, March 18, 2016.

The educational, medical, sports and nutritional supplies, valued at over twenty-five thousand United States Dollars, were donated to the Lolonta School.

President Johnson-Sirleaf praised the Chinese Government, through its Confucius Institute, for the assorted materials, and described the gesture as another manifestation of the true people-to-people friendship between China and Liberia.

Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue, said the donation was part of the framework of China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action to enhance exchanges and cooperation between social organizations, among others.

Ambassador Yue described the Lolonta School as a fruit that embodies The President’s desire to make the children smile again.

For their part, local education authorities, the Fiama Community Leadership, and the students expressed appreciation over the donation and assured the Chinese Confucius Institute that the items will be used for their intended purposes.

 


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