Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, one of Liberia’s leading political scientists and professors, on Sunday launched an adult literacy project aimed at impacting the lives of others as he approached his 70th birth anniversary on June 15.
The launching was done at his church, the St. Stephen Episcopal at 10th Street, Monrovia where Dr. Sawyer’s many colleagues and admirers showered praises upon him for what they called “his many achievements and accomplishments.”
In his brief statement, Dr. Sawyer reflected on his past ordeal when his house was set ablaze in 198friends and Christian brothers and sisters identified with him.
As a member of the Stephen Episcopal Church himself, Dr. Sawyer emphasized that the spiritual fulfillment of Christians has been accomplished as evidenced by the many Christians including himself. Nevertheless, the social aspect remains challenging, and it is for that reason that he and others are launching the adult literacy project to impact others.
He noted that teenage girls are getting children in their large numbers and by the time they are in their early 30s they have become grandparents without support. There is urgent need to reach out to these young people, many of whom have had little or no education at all.
The launching program, which was preceded by prayer and expressions of praise heaped upon the honoree, was attended by high profile personalities, including Vice President Joseph Boakai, former Senate Protempt President Cletus Wotorson, Senators Jewel Howard Taylor and Conmany Wisseh and his wife Medina, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, veteran Liberian educator, Mother Mary Brownell, and Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, who read a satirical letter which he said came from United States President Barrack Obama.
Also in attendance were former Education Ministers, Dr. Joseph D.Z. Korto and Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, now National Security Advisor to the President, Counselors Tiawan Gongloe, former Labor Minister and Winston Tubman, former Attorney General of Liberia, former National Elections Commission Chairman, James Fromayan, and an array of other government officials, some of whom sat under Dr. Sawyer while he was a professor at the University of Liberia.
In separate statements, those that attended the launching pledged their support to the adult literacy venture, with Senator Jewel Howard urging that it should not only be concentrated in Monrovia, but should be extended to other parts of the country.
Vice President Joseph Boakai, in consonance with other speakers, testified that Dr. Sawyer is known for living a selfless life for Liberia and will always be remembered for his contributions to mankind.
The rector of St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Rev. Canon A-Too Williams, said a special prayer for Dr. Sawyer, asking God to bless him with long life and good health to continue his “good deeds.”