The school recently dedicated the newly constructed Junior High school annex where its students were ecstatic at the dedication of the room at the school.
The Reading Room is now the second of such facilities in the County which provides students access to hundreds to school books, with the first being the US Embassy American Corner Library in Zwedru city.
Making remarks at the program, County Education Officer Harrison Darwolo commended KEEP and its team for the project.
Noting that education is the backbone to any developing nation, Mr. Darwolo applauded the Executive Director of KEEP for providing learning opportunities for the children of Grand Gedeh County.
“It takes a person with a special heart to do what Mrs. Brenda Brewer Moore has done for the community and the public school - the whole frame of education is about reading and comprehension. If you can read and understand what you have learned, you can apply that to your studies and your life,” he said.
He commended the organization for supporting the Ministry of Education’s own effort to improve the quality of education to children , stating that it may not be a huge facility, but it has a great value, the objective that at the end of the day, the students of the Gboloken school will be better readers and excel in their studies.
Speaking on behalf of the Superintendent of the County, District Commissioner Alfred Dorue appreciated the organization for the effort, revealing that the facility is pivotal in the county educational development priorities, and as such encouraged students of the school to make proper use of the Reading Room.
At the same time, Commissioner Dorue used the opportunity to call on the Ministry of Education through the CEO to recruit qualified and honest teachers who would be committed to providing sound education to the students in the school and not ones who will promote or perpetuate a culture of bribing in the school system.
He commended the Principal of the school and the women of the town who were very committed to seeing the project successful, exemplified by working many hours hauling sand and crushed rocks for the construction team.
In joyful remarks, the Founder and Executive Director of KEEP, Brenda Brewer Moore, explained to the audience that the work of KEEP started during the Ebola outbreak and it has decided to go nationwide.
She said reading is something she enjoyed as a child and it helped her immensely during the civil war.
“During our work in the various counties, one thing continues to stand out, which is that many students struggle to read and do not have access to books or a space to read, do homework; so our organization is committed to supporting the work of the government of Liberia and other developmental partners and will keep striving to do more,” she added.
She noted that it brings her immense pride that Kids’ Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) can support this project in Grand Gedeh County.
Accordingly, the reading room is the only second in the county. “So this tells you how much greatly this Reading Room is needed in promoting a culture of reading and providing students with access to books to improve their reading skills,” the KEEP boss stressed.
According to her, the construction of a reading room in Grand Gedeh brings to three the total of Reading Rooms the organization has established in Liberia, with the other two currently in Montserrado county.
The Executive Director of KEEP lauded Royal Grand Hotel, Palm Springs Hotel, Cellcom Communications, Total Liberia, International Law Group, Jetty Trading, LISCR, United Commodity Inc. (UCI) for making the project a reality.
She emphasized that KEEP is a local non-profit organization that supports educational activities in Liberia.
It can be recalled prior to the 2016/2017 academy year, many schools across the country benefited from reading books, copy books from KEEP.