Grand Kru Superintendent Doris Ylatu is entreating Bridge Partnership School for Liberia (PSL) expand its program across the Southeastern County in order to help students in the remotest parts of Grand Kru get access to quality education with the use of innovative tools employed by the organization.

Madam Ylatu made the plead when she spoke as Keynote Speaker at programs marking the celebration of the Day of African Child in Barclayville, Grand Kru County over the weekend of June 16, 2018. The event was held under the global theme: “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development.”

This year’s celebration of the Day of the African Child brought together hundreds of Liberian students to observe an event first initiated by the then Organization for African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU). Day of the African Child raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.

Held in the edifice of St. Patrick Claver Catholic Church in Grand Kru County, DAC, the ceremony the event saw Bridge PSL students, drawn from four schools: PG Wollor, GT Nimely, Community Base and Joseph Blamo Toe, in attendance along with other school kids.

Superintendent Doris Ylatu called on the Partnership Schools for Liberia program to aid her administration in the establishment of a computer lab in the county to get students to acquire advanced knowledge in information technology.

The colorful ceremony also had the County’s District Education Officers (DEOs), City Mayor, as well as other officials of the local county leadership in attendance. The program also coincided with the departure of a Peace Corp volunteers in the county who served for a little over two years.

Bridge PSL currently has 19 schools operational in Grand Kru county, all of which are making significant progress in achieving adequate education in that part of Liberia.

Beginning in September 2016, Bridge began implementing its proven education model into selected Liberian public schools to radically improve public education for Liberian children.

In June 2017, Bridge was awarded 43 more schools in Liberia for year two of Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program, taking the total number of schools managed by Bridge to 68.

This was followed in July 2017, by new evidence of learning gains in a midline-assessment demonstrating Bridge PSL public schools experiencing accelerated learning in comparison to their peers in other public schools.
The day of the African Child commemorates South African protests in 1976 which aimed to improve education. Hundreds of young students were shot, the most famous of which being Hector Pieterson; and more than a thousand were injured leading to the OAU announcing this day to honor hundreds that died in pursuit of quality education.

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