The Growing Seed School System over the weekend held its 2nd graduation and Thanksgiving Exercises at the school’s campus in Soul Clinic, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The ceremony brought together educators, parents, students, well-wishers and community residents.
The guest speaker, Cllr. John A.A. Gabriel, informed the gathering of a common enemy that is plaguing the growth and development of the country.
He named the common enemy as illiteracy, and therefore, called on all Liberians including the student community to join the fight to rid the country of illiteracy.
‘’It is because Liberia has 96 percent illiteracy rate, and only 4 percent partially educated, that our country has continued to languish behind the growing community of global technologically advanced nations.’’
Cllr. Gabriel is the Head of the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Section at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He further stated that Liberia, because of the lack of quality education of its citizenry, can be compared to Bangladesh and East Timor, which are among the poorest countries in the world.
Cllr. Gabriel called on parents to redouble their efforts and resources and send their children to school to bridge the widening gap between literates and illiterates, adding, “Anything short of this, they are doomed for failure.
To the graduates, he encouraged them to continue pursuing education, which is the best way to future success.
Addressing the female students, Gabriel called on them to muster the courage in the pursuit of their education, telling them that they are the ones who have the responsibility to change the society.
Stephen Y. Mambu, the Founder and Executive Director of Growing Seed School disclosed plans for the construction of a technical high school in the near future.
Growing Seed School system, an institution founded in 2011, will grow to become the best technical high school in Liberia, he said.
Mr. Mambu stated that the mission of Growing Seed is to mold the hearts, heads, and hands of adolescents and give them a special place in the Liberian society and the world at large.
More than 30 students from the kindergarten section, and five ninth graders took part in the graduation exercise.