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UK-based Charity Donates 100,000 Books To MoE
MONROVIA, September 20 (LINA) - Ihezie Foundation, a charity based in the United Kingdom, has donated about 100,000 textbooks to the Ministry of Education (MoE) through its “Book Relief Africa” program.
According to a dispatch from Liberia’s embassy in London, the donation, which was made through the Office of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, was the Foundation’s way of deepening on-going discussions between the VP’s office and Ihezie Foundation to ensure quality education for students across Liberia.
Ihezie Foundation chair, Aloysius Ihezie, disclosed that the books are assembled based on the United Kingdom’s supervised and approved standards, noting that the supplies are of the desired academic value.
He told dignitaries from both Liberia and Sierra Leone at the foundation’s book supply and storage site outside London at the weekend that the Foundation is motivated to increase the number of students with access to quality text books in sub-Saharan Africa.
The dispatch quotes Ihezie as saying that the Foundation remains upbeat about the need to explore its partnership with educational authorities, charities and other individuals of goodwill in the United Kingdom to deliver quality books to African students.
He also indicated that his institution recognizes that education is a vital pathway that supports economic dignity, health and the well-being of all.
The dispatch furthered that the Foundation’s decision to supply books to Africa is strengthened by findings from the World Bank 2015 survey which states that only 1 of 20 students in Sub-Saharan Africa has access to textbooks.
Ihezie, through book retailers as well as universities, student groups and academic publishing houses in the UK, ensures the donation and distribution of a million textbooks annually to schools and universities in Africa.
Also speaking at the ceremony, a Member of the British Parliament, Ian Stewart, said the efforts by the Ihezie Foundation is monumental and transformative, adding, “Groups such as Ihezie represent a firm commitment and shining display of collaboration that drive productivity around the globe."
The First Secretary and Counsel at Liberia’s Embassy accredited to the Court of Saint James, J. Napoleon Toquie, who represented the Liberian Government at the program, hailed the donation as laudable and timely and recounted the commitment of the Liberian Government to deliver access to education to all Liberians efficiently.
The books donated include Dictionaries, Mathematics, English, General Science, Biology, Physics, GCSE, Engineering, Information Technology and Computing, World Atlases, Medicine, Business Studies and Economics.