The Executive Director of Hope Alliance Liberia (HAL), Benedict Quato says his organization remains a strong partner to the Liberian Government and her multilateral partners in fighting corruption and other ills in education and other sectors across the country.
HAL is a nonprofit organization registered in Liberia to promote accountability and transparency in the management of human and public resources that will lead to genuine and sustainable development in Liberia. Addressing a news conference over the weekend, Mr. Quato said due to the challenges facing the education system of the country, his organization has a vision of transforming young people into better future leaders. According to him, as part of this vision of seeing accountability and transparency on school campuses, his organization is working with volunteer students from 4th to 11th grades to ensure high moral and ethical standards in their various schools. “The transformation of Liberia can easily begin on campuses by working with students and school authorities on certain important concepts of accountability, transparency and ethics. We are currently looking at the effects of bribery in schools, the effects of drug abuse in school, the effects of sex for grades and the benefits of academic excellence,” he said. Quato noted that two students are selected from each class; 4th to 11th grades, along two faculty representatives taking into consideration gender sensitivity and individuals’ ability to effectively communicate with others. “The clubs in the various schools can also be important for other programs including health and sanitation messages. The clubs serve as agents of change on their various campuses. Our current concentration is in Paynesville with five student clubs in Maretha International School, Action Faith Institute, William Bean Institute, John L. Morris United Methodist School and Vision International Christian Academy,” he added. The HAL’s executive director further indicated that the organization intends to establish clubs in 12 new schools in the first quarter of next academic year 2016/2017 increasing the number to 17 schools in Montserrado County. He also disclosed that plans are underway to open sub office in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. Speaking further, Quato said his organization is not established to lambast schools or the government, but to work as partner in bringing positive changes in the society. “The organization intends to help create a new Liberia through awareness messages about transparency and accountability targeting local communities and schools. We believe that Liberia will not develop if people are not transparent and accountable. Our approach is to work with the students and young people because they will grow up to become leaders in society. For whole society to change, individual citizens must change their behavior and attitude toward public resources and this is our way of helping to transform Liberia,” he concluded.