first_imgStudents and faculty of the John P. Mitchell Elementary, Junior and Senior High School were surprised on Tuesday, April 21, when a resident of the Boys Town Community, Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh, donated 78 pieces of arm chairs to them.Kids of the lower section of the school, which is located directly opposite House Speaker J. Alex Tyler’s residence, sit on broken pieces of concrete bricks and wooden chairs.The female teacher of the 2nd grade class also sits on bricks, while the male teacher of the 1st grade sits on a broken chair and kids in both classes sit on broken pieces of bricks and chairs.The John P. Mitchell School, which has 750 pupils, is located on the outskirts of Monrovia on the highway leading to the Roberts International Airport. It is also a couple of feet away from the Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks, along the same highway and a mile from the official residence of the Margibi County District #1 lawmaker, Rep. Roland Opee Cooper.However, the school’s most pressing need has not gone unnoticed. Mr. Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh, who donated the arm chairs, is a resident of the district, too. He lives at least two miles from the school.“I was invited some time ago by the school authorities to deliver a motivational speech to the kids. When I got on the campus, I decided to walk around the school. I noticed that the children and their teachers were sitting on broken pieces of bricks. I was moved to do something,” Mr. Tarponweh said.To the surprise of the students and teachers, he donated 78 pieces of durable arm chairs. He also told the students that an additional 50 chairs would be brought in two weeks. He told this newspaper that it cost him US$1,500 for the chairs.He further stated that he did not have to be in government before he could help a child stay in school and that it gave him joy to see smiles on the faces of the children, “who are Liberia’s future leaders.”He used the occasion to call on other well-meaning Liberians to help the children of Liberia stay in school.The school’s principal, student council president and queen in separate statements praised Mr. Tarponweh for the gesture. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on January 10 launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain. During this critical window of opportunity, brain cells can make up to 1,000 new connections every second –a once-in-a-lifetime speed. According UNICEF release, these connections contribute to children’s brain function and learning, and lay the foundation for their future health and happiness. A lack of nurturing care – which includes adequate nutrition, stimulation, love and protection from stress and violence – can impede the development of these critical connections. The campaign kicks off with #EatPlayLove – a digital and print initiative aimed at parents and caregivers that shares the neuroscience on how babies’ brains develop. #EatPlayLove assets explain the science in a straightforward, visually interesting way to encourage parents and caregivers to continue to make the most of this unrivaled opportunity to provide their children with the best possible start in life. By engaging with families, the initiative also aims to drive demand for quality, affordable early childhood development services and to urge governments to invest in programs targeting the most vulnerable children. According to a recent series in The Lancet nearly 250 million children in developing countries are at risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty. But the need for greater investment and action in early childhood development is not limited to low-income countries. Disadvantaged children living in middle- and high-income countries are also at risk. UNICEF estimates that millions more children are spending their formative years growing up in unstimulating and unsafe environments, putting their cognitive, social and emotional development at risk. Investment in early childhood is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing the ability of all children to reach their full potential – increasing their ability to learn in school and, later, their earning capacity as adults. This is especially significant for children growing up in poverty. One 20-year study showed that disadvantaged children who participated in quality early childhood development programs as toddlers went on to earn up to 25 percent more as adults than their peers who did not receive the same support.Early childhood development interventions, such as the Care for Child Development package that includes training community health workers to teach families about the importance of playing with their children in a way that stimulates healthy development can cost as little as 50 cents (USD) per capita per year, when combined with existing health services.UNICEF is therefore, calling for governments to increase investments in early childhood, expand health and social services offered to young children, and strengthen support services for parents and caregivers. This campaign is part of UNICEF’s broader program on early childhood development, supported by H&M Foundation, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, ALEX AND ANI, and IKEA Foundation.About UNICEFUNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more