UNICEF Launches Girls’ Education Program


Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

November 17, 2004

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, FAWE and other educational partners recently launched a National Girls Enrollment Initiative simultaneously in Bomi, Bong, and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

The Girls Enrollment Initiative, according to UNICEF release, is aimed at ensuring that more girls are enrolled in school and remained in school and complete their education. The initiative also aims at raising further public awareness about the need to support girls’ education as an integral part of national development.

Mr. Tom Shafer, UNICEF Project Officer for Education said, enrolling the girl child in school is not only a fulfillment of her birthright, but gives the world hope for the future that all girls will finally take their rightful place in schools and every part of society.

“In Liberia, it is not only that every girl should go to school, it is that every girl must go to school. And it is up to every one of us to make sure this happens,” Mr. Shafer noted.

He indicated that every country that has identified children and education as a top priority, demonstrates improvement in the quality of life for all its citizens and this is true when countries are devoted to enrolling all children in schools, including every girl.

Mr. Shafer then urged Liberians not to rest until all children, including every girl child, are enrolled in school across the country.

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