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Youths Must Gain Access To Quality Education -First Lady Weah Asserts

by News Manager

MONROVIA: Liberia’s First Lady, Mrs. Clar Marie Weah, has disclosed that the new Liberia must see the youths; girls and boys, men and women gaining access to free quality education.

She said it should include primary and secondary education with opportunities to advance themselves to college or vocational technical education that would give them the skills to be able to find employment or become small business owners.

The Liberian First Lady’s statement was contained in a speech she delivered at the 6th Commencement Convocation of the Grand Bassa County University in Payneberry near the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, on June 17, 2022.

”Today, as graduates, you are part of that New Liberia and I encourage you to give it your best for yourselves, your families, your nation and our world,” she said.

First Lady Weah quoting former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan (late), as saying “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”

According to her, that is why in line with the vision of the Government of Liberia, she has introduced this dream, the She’s You Movement, boldly declaring that we must rise and live out a new meaning in Liberia and invoke that Liberia has picked up the right tool to change the nation, the empowerment of women.

“I am told that there are 253 graduates, out of which 119 are females, which pleases my heart, because as Michelle Obama, now former, but the first ever Black First Lady of the United States puts it, “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.”

She told the graduates that their education attained will make their nation to be stronger and more prosperous.

“As Your First Lady, I am counting on you, no matter your tribe, ethnic background, religion or economic status,” she added.
Quoting Angelina Jolie, Madam Weah told the graduates: “I say to you that there is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman.”

Mrs. Weah told the graduates that discovering who they are is to begin, from right here and now, to utilize every capacity they have acquired not just for their personal growth, but for the growth and development of their neighborhood, their community, and most importantly, their country.

Mrs. Weah cautioned them to develop and live out patriotic and nationalistic passions that would seek to define their place in Liberia’s history positively, always striving to make the light of Liberia across the world brighter by their positive engagements and not dimmer by exhibiting actions that would be against the survival of their young, yet thriving democracy.

She commended them for embracing education added that by leaving these walls of the Grand Bassa University does not mean they will travel on roads without sharp curves, bumps and even ruggedness.

Mrs. Weah however, urged each of them to be an optimist rather than a pessimist; believe in themselves that they can achieve anything you set out to do and believe that Liberia, under the people-centered leadership of President George Manneh Weah will continue to rise and together, we will all get there as a nation and people.

“Let your education drive you to dream big dreams and wake up determined to achieved them, for you can make it in spite of challenges, perceived or real, you can make it, for the God you serve, did not bring you this far to leave you,” she noted.

“I say to you that though no one can go back and make a brand new start, as you see yourself today, I want you to believe in your heart of hearts that anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending,” Mrs. Weah indicated.

She further indicated that the government of Liberia is quite aware that no country can develop without investing in the education of its people, hence, it will continue to take direct and practical actions towards strengthening Liberia’s educational sector, which forms an integral part of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity.

According to her, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PPADP) must be considered the linchpin for sustained economic growth and development, because it encapsulates policy actions that are more generally aimed at reducing poverty by improving access to services.

She said this is why in June of 2019, they launched the “She’s You Movement”, an initiative that seeks to redefine the way we treat women and girls with respect to unhindered access to education, access to equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making – political, socio-,economic and public life. Pushing for the adoption and strengthening of sound policies and enforceable legislations that would be keen on women and girls issues, looking keenly at Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriages and reducing teenage pregnancies are high on our agenda.

“Making sure that our HIV/AIDS infected mothers give birth to healthy babies should be the concern of us all and the Free to Shine Campaign pushes just that” Mrs. Weah said; Written by T.R Dixon.

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