Making the official turnover of the shelves to the administrators of the participating schools today at the LEITI Secretariat in Monrovia, LEITI Head of Secretariat Konah D. Karmo said, the shelves are intended to support the establishment of reading corners in the various schools to enhance students’ research on the extractive sector.
Mr. Karmo said, the LEITI will supply these shelves with collections of books, movies and related materials on the extractive sector to support research about the extractive sectors in the student community and therefore inform young people’s participation in the debate regarding transparent resource management in Liberia.
The LEITI Boss said the initiative is part of LEITI’s outreach program focused on promoting youth understanding of the EITI process and preparing them to assume responsibility of managing the resource sector in the nearer future. He named other activities embedded in the program as inter-high school debates, field trips to concessions companies, speaker series and writing competition amongst others.
Mr. Karmo then expressed gratitude to the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) which has been providing funding for this project for the past three years.
On her part, Juliane Weymann, Advisor of the GIZ Regional Resource Governance Project in West Africa pledged her organization’s continuous support to the LEITI in ensuring better governance of the country’s resources.
In a remark closing the ceremony, the Vice Principal for Student Affairs at the G.W. Gibson High School, Mr. Jonathan Kollie thanked LEITI for the gesture which he said would no doubt enhance students’ learning in the various high schools. He encouraged all stakeholders to continue supporting the LEITI process, making special appeal to donor community and the government to sustain the Extractive Club Program in the high schools.
Also speaking, the Principal of the Isaac A. David High School, Mr. Konah L. Parker expressed overwhelming joy over the donation and thanked the management of LEITI for their continuous efforts in educating the youths of Liberia on relevant issues in the extractive. Mr. said, his students are very excited about the Extractive Club Program and will at all-time be available when call to partake in any of the activities. The veteran educator promised that his school will make maximum use of the resource materials to be provided by LEITI.