-VP Taylor, PCC, Partners Break Ground
Paynesville, a densely populated City on the outskirt of Monrovia, is expected to benefit the first ever modern public Library.
The City which has thousands of privately owned institutions with few Public schools is yet to have a public library for school going kids to do research and other academic works.
The Liberia Learning Center is a collaborative project spearheaded by Canadian Charity “Empowerment Squared” in partnership with the Rotary International, Rotary Club of Hamilton, Rotary Club of Monrovia, the Paynesville City Corporation, McCallum Sather and the Hamilton Public Library.
As part of efforts in making the long awaited dream a reality, Liberia Vice President, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor joined scores of government officials, and international partners on Monday October 14, 2019 to break grounds for the construction of the library.
The project which is estimated at US$2million is expected to be built in a multiple phases on the site of the Paynesville City Hall and will be open to the public.
Vice President Taylor indicated that Library is a critical component of the educational sector of Liberia, as such is a welcoming development that students in the City of Paynesville and suburbs will benefited from this initiative.
According to the Vice President Taylor, research is now a challenge among the students populace of Liberia due to the inaccessibility of Libraries across Cities and Communities in Liberia.
She at the same commended the Paynesville City Government, and its partners for working tirelessly to achieve this dream.
The Liberian Vice President expressed hope that upon completion of the Project it will serve as a center of wisdom and understanding for Liberian students and children in general.
Giving an insight of the l learning center, the Lord Mayor of the City of Paynesville, E. Pam Belcher- Taylor noted that the new learning center will help provide a calm and healthy learning environment for Liberian children.
The transformational project according to Mayor Belcher-Taylor will include Liberia’s first postwar comprehensive learning center and library, co-working and business incubation space, sports and recreation and events facilities amongst others
The PCC Mayor further revealed that the new center when fully constructed will develop students’ vocabulary skills as well as enhanced their comprehensive and individual developments, amongst others.
She pointed out that the Liberian Learning Center will also provide traditional and modern means to conduct research with the assistance of qualified Librarians and many others.
Mayor Belcher-Taylor said the project will benefit the local communities especially in the absence of Libraries which now makes it difficult for students to access information while during assignments, making reference to the Sciences.
The Center will also show case the accessing of information electronically through the means of tablets, she added.
In remarks, the Executive Director of the Empowerment Squared Leo Nupolu Johnson used the occasion to encouraged Liberians to change the tense political discussion in Liberia and focus on addressing solutions of Liberia, noting “We need to safe Liberia ourselves, if not we are on our own”, he noted.
Mr. Johnson, a Liberian based in Canada, said it is now time for Liberians to have a few faithful and committed leaders to move the Country forward instead of having more people who are not committed to the cause of development and peace.
He re-echoed the need for national government to invest in the people whom he described as the Nation’s greatest assets.
Mr. Johnson who is also a partner to the Liberian Learning Center urged his few compatriots in the diaspora to think about their Country by coming back to invest.
Also Speaking, Montserrado County Electoral District # 6 Representative, Samuel Enders noted: “This is the reason that I joined my Colleagues on Capitol Hill sign the dual citizen bill, I don’t know the status of this young man who have so much passion for his Country”
Using the case of Executive Director of the Empowerment Squared Leo Nupolu Johnson, Rep. Enders said there are many Liberians aboard who took out citizenship of other Country who are will to invest but need some form of protection.
The Montserrado Lawmaker commended the Canadian teams and other partners for a great vision of have a place that will enable students do their academic works.