John B. S. Davies, III, president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), has expressed his commitment to help rebrand the country’s education sector.
Mr. Davies made the commitment recently in Monrovia at the Dialogue and National General Knowledge Pop Quizzing final held between St. Augustine High School in Margibi and the Christian Missionary International Fellowership (CMFI) High School in Montserrado County.
The year-long tournament was organized by John Kollie’s Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI), and the grand final was won by St. Augustine Episcopal School with an 80-point margin.
“We believe that exposing students to extra-curricular activities will greatly increase their potentials,” Mr. Davies said.
He then congratulated the St’ Augustine High school for the victory and urged CMFI and other participating schools not to be deterred, but to remain courageous in the process.
“From this splendid performance, I believe that more need to done to support our education system, because Liberians are smart people,” he said.
Mr. Davies, who presented the trophy to the first and second winners of the tournament, also called on government and other well-meaning citizens to invest in competitions like the quizzing to boost the students’ academic prowess.
For his part, LMDI executive director John Kollie expressed gratitude to LBDI for its latest offer to the tone of US$25,000 as well as joining partnership with the LMDI.
He named other contributors as the Liberia Ghana Missions (L-GM), who provided 30 financial aid packages for high-performing students in the competition; Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, US$500 for three best performing girls; and Tiberosa Tarponweh, US$400 that was used as transportation for the quizzing teams.
One hundred and fifty schools from the 15 counties participated in the quizzing competition, which was held with the intent to address some difficulties Liberian students are faced with in their academic pursuits.
Mr. Kollie then announced that his entity would shortly embark on a National Spelling Bee competition for Elementary and primary students across the country.
He has meanwhile appealed for financial and material supports to enable the LMDI continue the national quizzing competition to ignite the lost competitive academic spirit among Liberian students.