By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.
In a move to further strengthen Liberia’s educational sector, the County Education Officer of Montserrado, Mr. Samuel Bundoo, has called on parents nationwide to invest heavily in the education of their children as a means of building them for future opportunities.
According to him, the children can help contribute immensely to the development of their nation and its people when they are educated.
Speaking at the first graduation exercise of the Kona Rescue Academy, Mr. Bundoo stressed the need for more attention to the early childhood education component of the sector.
He said if the foundation of the children through early childhood education is solid, it will help strengthen the children’s foundation level of education. The former Bong County Representative further explained that early childhood is also an important period for child’s development.
The valedictorian of the graduating class, who addressed her audience on the theme: What’s Education”, encouraged parents and guardians to see the education of Liberian kids as a priority to their future growth process.
Little Anita Cooper said that a strong educational background for children in Liberia will help make them useful citizens and influential leaders of the Country.
The Kona Rescue Academy is a non for profit Institution providing free education to Liberian kids, mainly orphans, Street children, Drugs Addicts, among others.
The initiative under the auspices of a young Liberian humanitarian, Felicia Kona Gworlekaju, is among others aimed at bringing hope to the hopeless, noting that her focus has always been putting smiles on the faces of the needy. “One person’s effort can make a change to the world”, the Liberian humanitarian added.
She said her focus, among other things, is to help make the world a better place for tomorrow; and added that she wants under-privileged to have the same opportunity that the privileged ones have.
In a bid to help sustained the program, Felicia has called on well-meaning Liberians including other philanthropists to buttress her initiative. She wants an extension of the School, including the facilities to Senior High level.
She therefore appeals to others to beef up her effort for the betterment of Liberia’s future leaders.
Madam Gworlekaju noted that sustainability of mankind depends on quality education, something she pointed out should be a matter choice for everyone regardless of status, religion and or any other backgrounds.
In appreciation, two of the students, Dorcas Quiah and Maxim Johnson, lauded the initiative of Madam Gworlekaju, saying that it has brought great relieve to them. They said they have not been in School, and added that it is due to Madam Gworlekaju intervention they are in School now.
At the same time, the School’s Principal Mrs. Marlene Zokeh said the opening of the Kona Rescue Academy in the Thinker’s Village Community is a wonderful blessing to the less fortunate in the area.