Liberia: Providing education for the poor

Many parents in Liberia are not able to send their children to school because they cannot afford the costs. As a result, a lot of kids are not being given the education that they need to lead better lives in the future. 

At the same time, there are Liberians who have clearly recognized the danger in this state of affairs and want to address the situation. Samuel Kekulah is one of those Liberians.

Last year he registered the Mother Saykon Y. Kekulah Foundation and started a school to provide education to children who would otherwise not be in school because of the lack of money.

Located in Johnsonville, outside the Liberian capital, Monrovia, the Mother Saykon Y. Kekulah Foundation School is so named to honor the memory of his mother who died some years ago.

“Although my mother was not formally educated, she put lot of  energy into educating her own children and others. I want to keep her legacy alive and give poor children the opportunity to go to school,” Mr. Kekulah said.

He notes that the foundation is not only focused on education. It plans to include agriculture, health and humanitarian programs.

To meet these objectives, Mr. Kekulah notes that the organization is seeking partners.

In its first year of operation, the elementary school has a small group of students and hopes to increase its student population in the coming school year.