The essay competition targeted Liberian youths between the ages of 18 and 25. It started on November 10, 2015, under the theme, “Youth and Sustainable Development.”
World Bank Liberia’s Chief Economist, Daniel Boakye, said 15 contestants were selected from the initial 150 entries following a meticulous review of their submissions.
Mr. Boakye said following another tedious review of the 15 finalists’ essay entries, three participants were finally declared winners.
In addition to the cash prizes, all three finalists will have the opportunity to work as interns with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Liberia.
In remarks, Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Aagon Tingban, reminded the World Bank Group and essay competitors that the contest speaks to the foundation of what the ministry is all about.
He recalled that in the early 1980s, Liberian high schools participated in an academic competition called: “Meet the Challenge.”
Minister Tingban underscored the significant role the Challenge played in their children attaining academic and moral excellence in the various high schools in the country.
He lauded the World Bank Group for choosing the topic “Science and Technology” as it coincides with the clarion call for Liberians to develop interest in the sciences.
Minister Tingban said technology is making the world “small and very powerful, and Liberians from all walks of life should take advantage and become technology conscious.”
He spoke about developments in the microwave sector that will soon help to process food in supermarkets for immediate consumption.
“Today, to our competitors who did not make it to the final, I want to admonish you not to feel discourage due to the fact that you are scientists in your own rights,” Minister Tingban said.
He further disclosed that at the MOE, there are some scholarships available primarily intended for candidates who want to pursue studies in science and technology.
Minister Tingban called on Liberian students to also pursue studies in medicine, agriculture, electrical engineering and other science courses because scholarships are available for them at the MOE.
“We want to encourage other support partners, the private sector, corporate institutions to emulate the good initiative by the World Bank Group,” Minister Tingban stressed.
He pledged the MOE’s support to the World Bank Group and thanked the financial institution for the successful conclusion of the essay contest.
In a special statement, World Bank Group Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja, congratulated the participants for their performances.
Manager Dobraja said the essay competition was another way the World Bank Group can understand the thinking of the young toward sustainable development in Liberia.
In a vote of thanks, Communications Specialist, Michael Sahr, expressed gratitude to the contestants and the finalists for their courage to take part in the essay contest.