Nineteen (19) graduates of the St. Margaret School System in Gardnersville, Monrovia have been admonished not to waver in their focus to achieve educational laurels in their individual pursuits.
The graduation ceremony at the Christ Temple Pentecostal Church behind NPA compound was recently the setting where Montserrado District #12 representative aspirant Emmanuel Kyne Robinson warned graduates that days of discouragement will come after graduation, but he encouraged them not to waiver.
“You must learn to be grateful,” Robinson said, “and be committed to what you set out to do from here. Therefore, you must avoid gambling and stay away from alcohol, because they are enemies of young people.” He said: “All of us have histories that we will tell tomorrow.” He recounted his personal experiences and the challenges he encountered as a youth in Gardnersville, adding: “Be dedicated to your passion and you will have positive histories to tell tomorrow.”
Directing attention to the parents and guardians of the graduates, Robinson commended them and encouraged them not to let their children’s dreams lose their value. To the administration, headed by Principal Benjamin Ramble, Robinson thanked them for “a wonderful job done” and called on them to continue their quest to produce future leaders of Liberia. “I want to encourage you to continue this service to the future of our nation,” he told them.
On the ensuing presidential and legislative elections, Robinson sought the support of eligible voters of the community, telling them that he is qualified to represent their interests in the legislature. Robinson drew loud applause when he said the 2017 election will determine Liberia’s future and therefore electorates should be open-minded to vote for those who have been there for them, including himself, who, he said, knows their problems and has demonstrated in the past that he cares for the future of Liberia. He made an initial modest contribution of an assortment of stationery supplies to the administration.
In his remarks, Principal Ramble said the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Education, has a greater responsibility to ensure that the fight against ignorance, poverty, and disease is supported on all fronts. To do this, he said the government should provide financial and material subsidies to both public and private schools, along with medical incentives. He thanked the graduates’ parents, guardians, and well-wishers whose support, he said, helped them to persevere during the academic year.
Bishop Shedrack T. Rockson, the school’s proprietor, said restoring moral virtues and academic excellence are two of the reasons that the school was established immediately after the 14-year “marathon civil war.” Other values, he said, included the promotion of quality education, joining the government in its effort to reduce poverty and minimizing the vices that lead to the breakdown of moral values, reducing teenage parenthood and producing men and women fit for future leadership.
The nineteen graduates included ten females and nine males.