In order to impart good character in children, a prominent resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, has urged BRAC-Liberia, a non-governmental organization, to teach adolescent girls moral and civil behavior.
Mr. Moses Labeli said that if parents are not willing to spend time with their children they are likely to turn to peers who may or may not be interested in behaving in a morally acceptable manner.
He made this statement recently in Monrovia during a program showcasing the talents of adolescent girls and what they have learned from one of BRAC’s programs, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA).
About a hundred adolescent girls from the four communities of Logan Town, West Point, ELBC and S.D. Cooper Road in Montserrado County participated in the daylong program.
The program was held under the theme, “Investment in Realizing the Power of Girls Upholds Their Rights Today and Share Equitable and Prosperous Future.’’
“In as much as your goal is to empower adolescent girls in our country and improve their talents in society, we would like for you to include moral and civil education in one of your programs,’’ Mr. Labeli suggested to BRAC.
He noted that there are many disrespectful young people in Liberia and most of them do not even respect their parents, teachers and leaders, and as such “we need programs that will change them,” said Labeli.
He encouraged the girls to use the opportunities given to them by BRAC Liberia to promote good moral values and put what they have learned into practice.
Earlier, Anita Anzoyo, Program Director for ELA, said the program is designed to empower adolescent girls by providing a safe social space, livelihood training, life‐skills training and community support in adolescent development.
Ms. Anzoyo said the ELA program is part of the organization’s initiative to explore the talents of adolescent girls in countries where BRAC operates.
She used the occasion to remind participants that if they failed to incorporate moral, social and other values into their lives, their future will be bleak and elusive.
ELA was launched in Liberia in 2014 in two counties Montserrado and Margibi Counties with an initial goal of reaching 15 girls’ clubs. It is funded by BRAC USA for the initial phase.