The reading room which is the second of such facilities in the county provides students access to hundreds of school books, with the first being the US Embassy American Corner Library in Zwedru city.
As noted by the County Education Officer, Harrison Darwolo, “education is the backbone to any developing nation”.
We at the Capitol Times commend the Executive Director of KEEP for her efforts in providing one of the greatest opportunities for the children of Grand Gedeh County.
This move will not only boost and empower the education of children in Grand Gedeh, but also capacitate them to be able to transform what they have learnt into their communities.
We believe that for education to succeed in this nation, it should be the collective effort of both the government and other sectors so that students will be better learners and excel in their studies.
The establishment of this facility is timely towards the decentralization of our educational sector.
The government needs to commend this philanthropist gesture of KEEP by helping the county with trained and qualified teachers who will be committed to providing sound education to the students which is the key aim of KEEP.
The effort and contribution of the women of the town by the hauling of sand and crushing of rocks for the construction team is a manifestation of their quest to have such facility.
The Founder and Executive Director of KEEP, Brenda Brewer Moore, started the work of KEEP during the Ebola outbreak, but since Ebola has ended, she saw the need that other parts Liberia need to benefit from the work of KEEP.
Upon realizing that many students struggle to read and do not have access to books or a space to read or do homework, KEEP thought it fit that establishing such facility will help in supporting the work of the government of Liberia and other developmental partners
This reading room being the second in the county will go a long way in promoting a culture of reading and providing students with access to books which will improve their reading skills.
The construction of a reading room in Grand Gedeh brings to a total of three the number of reading rooms the organization has established in Liberia, with the other two currently in Montserrado County. In 2016/2017 academic year, many schools across the country have benefited from reading books and copy books donated by KEEP.