The chairperson of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, is urging girls to make education their first priority in life.
She said that with the resumption of schools across the country, girls should compete with their male counterparts to achieve their educational objectives instead of thinking on social activities.
Cllr. Scott made the assertions recently in Logan Town, outside Monrovia, during a back to school program organized by Potential Youth for Education and Societal Empowerment (PYESE.)
The program brought together students from nearby schools in the township of Logan Town and its surroundings.
Cllr. Scott, who served as the guest speaker, indicated that while the current living conditions are difficult due to the Ebola outbreak, girls should not be deterred, but take courage and remain focused on their lessons.
The chairperson of the CRC named lack of parental care, teenage pregnancy and peer pressure as challenges affecting girls’ education in the country.
She described the educational activities of young girls as disheartening and frustrating and therefore, called on parents to invest in girls’ education.
Earlier, giving the overview of the program, Prince Powo, president of PYESE said the back to school program was an initiative taken to solicit funds and provide school materials for students whose parents cannot afford to send them to school.
“Actually, we did a survey in the township of Logan Town and we found out that there were many children just sitting home simply because their parents could not afford to pay their school fees,” he said.
Mr. Powo noted that the outbreak of Ebola affected the economy as well as the educational sector of the country.
He said though all the people invited did not attend the program, his organization was able to generate ‘a small funding’ that will help the identified under-privileged students.
He then called on other humanitarian organizations to come and lend them the necessary support so that they could assist many more children to return to school.
The PYESE, he said, was organized almost two years ago and has embarked on positive initiatives for Logan Town by donating copy books. He said PYESE had also planned to pay school fees for at least 50 students.