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Home The News NAYOMOTE and CENTAL Engage School Authorities and Communities in Grand Gedeh and River Gee

NAYOMOTE and CENTAL Engage School Authorities and Communities in Grand Gedeh and River Gee

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) and National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) as part of efforts to ensure that schools are adequately anti-Ebola prepared, have engaged local officials and communities in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties. The organizations’ engagement in the two counties is part of IBIS Liberia, Emergency Response Program (ERP) that seeks to ensure that schools are safe for students, teachers and administrators from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

It is also meant to contribute towards national efforts to contain EVD in Liberia and promote safe school environment using the “Protocol for Safe Environment During the Ebola Outbreak” produced by the Ministry of Education.

As part of its local level engagement, CENTAL met with county officials, County Education Officer (CEO) and District Education Officer (DEO), school administrators and local community leaders. The meetings with these stakeholders was meant to ensure that leaders understood the importance of schools re-opening interventions and use their positions to influence and ensure that schools are safe and supported. Eight (8) town hall meetings were convened (four in each county) to discuss expected changes to a number of school routines as laid out in the Protocol for the Re-opening of Schools. There were more than fifteen (15) participants per meeting, including: DEOs, school administrators, traditional/community leaders, PTA members, health practitioners, youths and students. Such composition provoked active and frank discussions, as relevant stakeholders proffered ideas, which in many cases led to the derivation of concrete solutions rather than begging questions. In Putu-Petrokon, for example, parents and community leaders vowed to support school fencing through the provision of tools and food for workers, while students promised to provide the needed labor. Fencing of schools will be important in order to regulate movement on school campuses and ensure that teachers, students, and visitors go proper through screening. In Tuzon, parents and students welcomed a suggestion that students arrive earlier than usual to go through the screening process and avoid cluttering. Such collaboration and finding ways forward would not have been possible without a gathering of stakeholders of varying backgrounds.

NAYMOTE also worked in the two counties and trained and deployed 50 community volunteers, 25 in Grand Gedeh and 25 in River Gee Counties. These volunteers are holding household discussions, community meetings, role play events and educating community residents on the safe school environment protocol, and Ebola prevention so as to break the means of transmission of the EVD, promote treatment at ETUs as well as eradicate stigmatization.

NAYMOTE Volunteers educated citizens on the Ministry of Education Protocol for Safe School Environment and used the Listen Learn and Act concept on eradicating EVD (break the mean of transmission; promote treatment at ETUs and stopping stigmatization.

 
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