Post Ebola Free School Inaugurated

first_imgAs the post Ebola recovery process remains cardinal to government and international partners, an international foundation has jumped-started the effort to raise the standard of education in Liberia.  Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation, a U.S. based not for profit organization last Tuesday inaugurated the first modern, free school in Liberia’s second city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.  The primary school, intended to provide quality education to less fortunate community children in the Sugar Cane Farm community, opens its doors for the first time to scores of underprivileged and possibly Ebola affected children.  Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy established in 2011 by Saya Doe Sio, a certified Public Accountant, began academic 2014/2015 with one kindergarten and two first grade classes with at least four “highly qualified” teachers.  The intent of having just three classes at the moment, Madam Doe Sio explained, “Is to brew our own students in order to fit in our curriculum already approved by the Ministry of Education. “We have seventy five students at the moment, 25 in each class and the recruitment exercise was based on a child per household. We chose one student per house through a well organized vetting process because we feel that every underprivileged child must have access to quality primary education,” Madam Doe Sio pointed out.On the motive behind the foundation’s engagement in primary education, Madam Doe Sio stressed on the importance of developing children’s minds at an early stage, adding; “When children receive a quality foundation in their educational sojourn, the future is extremely bright because future challenges will already have roots in their minds that will certainly guide them along the way.“Liberia should not be labeled as an EBOLA regime but remembered by community crusaders, like the late Annie T. Doe, a missionary of great virtue whose dream to educate Liberia and Africa’s children is being realized through the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy today in Buchanan.” During the opening, less fortunate children expressed delight in the foundation’s effort to “restore hope” for their future through the establishment of the school. Parents could not hold back their enthusiasm, indicating that the “school satisfied our quest when we were in search of where to send our children for better education after Ebola damaged our plans and savings,” Mrs. Freeman, a mother of one of the kids joyfully told  reporters Tuesday.  The foundation and partners on Monday distributed uniforms, copybooks and bags among other essential materials to the children to enhance their learning experience.  Founded in 2011 by Saya Doe Sio, CPA, PMP, MBA, in honor of her late mother and to give back to Liberia, her native land, the dream was awakened when Saya visited Liberia in December, 2010 from the U.S.The foundation is supported by individuals in the USA, mainly residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, inspired with a vision to provide free primary education to underserved children, free women’s empowerment programs and basic healthcare services.It is built on a 6,000 square foot plot of land on the compound where Saya was born and raised and it has the capacity to educate up to 300 students up to 6 grade.Students’ ages range from 5 to 13 years, majority of whom have never been to school since birth. Sixty percent of the population comprises girls while boys’ make up the remaining 40%, according to the administrator.The foundation is appealing for assistance from local and international communities to sustain the school, pay teachers, support students, computer programs and other educational activities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge rules airline fee hikes at LAX unfair

first_imgThe managers of Los Angeles International Airport disregarded both fairness and the law when they sharply increased the fees they charge airlines, a judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that could lower some ticket prices. The ruling will serve as a preliminary recommendation for the federal Department of Transportation, which has the final word in the ongoing dispute between LAX and dozens of airlines. But the judge who wrote it minced no words, heaping blame on airport directors for a behind-the-scenes feud that has started to cost travelers. Administrative Law Judge Richard Goodwin called out glaring errors in the airport’s financial records and apparent misstatements by some of its top officials. He questioned whether the higher fees were meant to drive flights away from LAX and toward smaller, suburban airports – a goal, he added, that may violate federal policy. The higher fees at the center of this dispute prompted several airlines in recent weeks to raise the price of a ticket out of LAX by up to $10. Airlines reached Tuesday said they would wait for the final ruling, due next month, before deciding whether to roll back those fare increases. “That’s certainly something that we’ll have to consider,” said Caroline Boren, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines. LAX officials also chose to wait for the final ruling before commenting in any detail. “We are disappointed by the recommended decision,” the city agency that runs LAX said in a prepared statement. “Naturally, we had hoped for a different outcome.” The airlines that operate out of LAX pay a base rent, as well as extra fees for keeping up the common areas and to cover other shared costs. Airport commissioners changed the leasing policy late last year – doubling and, in some cases, tripling some of those rents and fees. Airport managers have argued all along that the higher charges better reflect the spiraling costs of running and improving the airport. Dozens of airlines challenged the fee hikes as unfair, unjustified and unevenly applied. doug.irving@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6649 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more