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Pres. Sirleaf lauds China for giving to Liberian children

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Liberia's Chief Executive, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Liberia's Chief Executive, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 18, 2016)-Liberia's Chief Executive, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has lauded the Chinese-initiated Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia for donating to some Liberian children.

The donation includes assorted educational, medical, sports and nutritional supplies to children at the Lolonta Childhood Development Center in Fiamah, Sinkor, suburb of Monrovia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President’s commendation was contained in remarks delivered on her behalf by the Minister of State Without Portfolio, Sylvester Grigsby, at the handing over ceremony by the Chinese Confucius Institute on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Minister Grigsby said the donation is another manifestation of the true-people-to-people friendship between China and Liberia.

He said the Government and people of Liberia are extremely appreciative of the generous donation by the People’s Republic of China, saying the donation is a clear manifestation of China’s true friendship and partnership with Liberia.

Minister Grigsby said China has continued to be a significant and strategic partner to Liberia’s development agenda, adding: “We recall when China came forward as the first country to identify with Liberia at the height of the Ebola outbreak that killed many Liberians.”

Minister Grigsby said the donation bears further testimony of how China remains a dependable partner in Liberia’s reconstruction drive.
He noted that the donation will go a long way in improving Liberian children’s learning process in a healthy and safe manner. 

Meanwhile, Minister Grigsby pointed out that integrated strategy links strong Liberian-African cultural values with modern technology in global society, coupled with the goal of improving Liberia’s future generation, anchored on the foundation of sound education and solid citizenship experience.

In remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, said the donation was done under the framework of - China-Africa People to-People Friendship Action, initiated during the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2012.

The China-Africa People to-People Friendship Action, was initiated purposely to support and enhance exchanges and cooperation between social organizations, enterprises, women and youth from both sides.

Ambassador Zhang said the Confucius Institute, a Chinese-owned companies and Liberian institutions, have implemented a series of actions, including the donation of agriculture items, street lights, and, school and office materials.

The Chinese envoy emphasized that Liberia and China have maintained a profound traditional relationship that lies on the solid foundation of their peoples’ support.

He expressed appreciation to the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia for the donation adding, “You are not just sitting on campus to teach Chinese Language, but also sharing with communities.”

For his part, the Co-director of the Confucius Institute, Huang Jian, described the children as the future of Liberia and therefore must be supported at all levels.

He thanked President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her commitment to the initiative and pledged his institution’s continued support to education in Liberia.

Earlier, the school’s management team, represented by Madam Catherine Davis, praised the Liberian Leader for her farsightedness and vision that has greatly helped the children and encouraged others to emulate same.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the Chairperson of the School’s Board, Yancy Dixon, praised the People’s Republic of China for the donation and encouraged parents to keep their children in school as education is the best way to building a resilient nation and families.

Mr. Dixon also praised President Johnson-Sirleaf for the school, referring to it as a gift to the Fiamah Community, and admonished parents to maximize the President’s goodwill.

Lolonta, which means: “Little Children’s Hut” in the Kpelle language, was established by the Liberian Leader as a gift to the people of the Fiamah Community in February 2011.

The school combines literacy, culture, health, social, religious and other educational-related activities with the development of the child. The school is a tuition-free institution, a clear intervention that personifies President Johnson-Sirleaf’s desire to make the children of Liberia smile again.

 


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