First Lady, Ambassador Clar Marie Weah has reassured the girls of Liberia of her unflinching support to their growth and development to become confident and productive leaders for tomorrow.
Mrs. Weah disclosed also plans to help the girl children to grow up with proper guidance, care and the necessary support, which she was not fortunate to have received while growing up as a child.
The First Lady made the statement over the weekend during an interactive discussion with a group of girls under the banner ‘Clarinette’, most of whom were students of the ELWA Academy in Paynesville.
Mrs. Weah said the students’ eloquence and self-confidence exhibited when she first met them impressed her so much that she wanted to work with them in instilling similar qualities in other girls.
Unlike the students, the First Lady recalled that she was rather shy, reserved and less confident as a teenager, due to some forms of insecurity she suffered from as a result of inadequate parental care during her childhood.
Mrs. Weah said at age three, her mother migrated elsewhere from home while at age eight, her father died.
This unfortunate trend of situations characterizing her childhood had caused her to grow up without the needed guidance and support, a situation she noted negatively impacted her life.
As Mother of the Nation, the First Lady is poised to help girls improve by avoiding such difficult experiences that will negatively impact them. Mrs. Weah however urged the gathering of female students ranging from ages 11 to 14 to continue to pursue their education, daring to lead while being respectful, humble and hardworking.
The First Lady also commended the girls’ parents and school authorities for the level of support they continue to provide, pledging to work with them in every possible way.
For their part, the students commended the First Lady for the audience with them and her unwavering support to women and girls development, while urging her to continue her humanitarian work in improving the lives of the underprivileged.
Also speaking, a representative of the girls’ parents and the ELWA Academy expressed delight and profound appreciation for Mrs. Weah’s passion and support for girls of Liberia.