Gbowee Foundation opens free computer center

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Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), in partnership with Chevron Liberia, Starz Institute of Technology and Google, on March 11, launched its free Computer Resource and Research Center (CRRC) in Congo Town, just outside Monrovia, the Liberian capital.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Deweh Gray, chairman emeritus of GPFA Board, said the center is intended to offer free basic computer and life-skills training to youth, with a focus on females between the ages of 17 to 25, who are currently attending senior high schools and universities.

Cllr Gray indicated that by providing sustained access to vital computer equipment and computer training the GPFA is further empowering women and youth for whom they have successfully provided opportunities to study in Liberia and abroad.

“Today’s event at GPFA celebrates women not only for International Women’s Day, but also continuously for years to come as on-going computer training assists girls for the job market,” said Cllr. Gray.

She added that the GPFA’s goal is to help women and girls achieve their ambition in society.

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In appreciation of the group’s effort to achieve this milestone, Cllr. Gray expressed gratitude to their partners Chevron Liberia, Starz Institute of Technology and Google for the support in making the center a reality.

She however used the occasion to warn the beneficiaries not to use CRRC for Facebook, because it is not for that, but for research.

Earlier GPFA board member Abigail Urey, who launched the center, urged beneficiaries to use the center wisely in order to build their capacity.

Making remarks on behalf of the beneficiaries, Stiffinnie Saunders, a GPFA scholar,expressed thanks to  the foundation, especially GPFA President Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee for the sacrifices she is doing to ensure that girls in Liberia receive quality education.

She then promised the GPFA executives saying that the center “will be used for it intended purpose.”


Peter N. Toby
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