The Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), in collaboration with Lonestar Cell MTN & CSquared Liberia on June 22, 2022, launched and dedicated G. W. Gibson High School computer lab aimed at providing students of the institution training in information technology and access to the internet, to enhance their research capacity.
Making remarks at the program, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Lonestar Cell MTN, Ali Fakih, expressed happiness about the initiative and said his institution and CSquared made a commitment to ensure that the G. W Gibson High School have a computer lab and internet service that can help students through their education and take them to the higher height.
According to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, the facility will provide 733 students access to not only a computer lab but as well access to the Internet which will help them buy new ideas in the learning and teaching environment, as he encouraged the students to make impactful use of the opportunity.
“Inspite the COVID-19, we never forget our commitment to you, we are going to provide high-speed internet service for your research activity to enhance your learning”, he said and added that IT training will be provided for faculty, teaching staff, and students of the G. W. Gibson High School, on how to use the internet and take full advantage of the lab to help them achieve their dream.
Also remarking during the program, Ms. Rochelle Bannerman, Country Lead at CSquared, said her institution is passionate about internet connectivity. while praising the partnership with Lonestar Cell MTN and the MCSS, she narrated that CSquared is a broadband Internet service provider, adding that the company has been active in the country since then via telecom infrastructure.
“CSquared hopes to build a better, safer, faster and more connected environment”, saying the company is also operating in other West African countries including Ghana and other parts of Africa.
South Africa Ambassador near Monrovia, Professor Iqbal Jhazbhay, who also made brief remarks, described the initiative as a beautiful pathway to the world. He told the gathering that the Embassy of South Africa will partner with Lonestar Cell MTN to launch a scholarship scheme that will benefit many Liberian youths.
For his part, Boakai Fofana, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, commended Lonestar Cell MTN and CSquared for buttressing the efforts of the government of Liberia by providing said befitting initiative to the G. W. Gibson High School in a time where every learning component of education is accessed through technology.
He recalled that during the Ebola pandemic Lonestar Cell MTN also made many contributions to the fight against the virus, mentioning that the Liberian government appreciates the GSM company for the role it continues to play toward Liberia’s development agenda and said the government looks forward to seeing such project planted in other public schools as per the company capacity.
Also remarking, Mr. Isaac Saye – Lakpoh Zawolo, Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System thanked both companies, Lonestar Cell MTN and CSquared for demonstrating their social corporate responsibility to the MCSS by constructing a computer lab, saying the MCSS is proud of the project, especially where the Lonestar Cell MTN promised to provide training for faculty, teaching staff and students.
“Thanks for demonstrating your corporate community partnership. This shows that our school should not exist in isolation. We are looking for the opportunity because our budget is constrained by salary”, he said. In further remarked he urged the students to take advantage of the lab and take ownership and make sure it is maintained.
Earlier in his welcoming remarks, Mr. Moses Kangar, Principal of the G. W. Gibson High School, expressed his gratitude to both, Lonestar Cell MTN & CSquared for the project, pointing out that the process started in 2019. While remarking further he said the initiative will make a lasting impact on the student population now and beyond.
By: Stephen G. Fellajuah