The Liberia Educational Action for Development (LEAD) over the weekend held her Cycle-21 graduation ceremony for 33 pre-service and in-service teachers at a brief, but well-organized ceremony in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.
The graduation ceremony, according to LEAD Classroom Management Coordinator, Prince M. Konneh, is part of the entity’s mission to provide quality educational programs with the intent to augment government’s efforts in the areas of primary, secondary, technical and vocational education.
The vision, Konneh said, aims at providing quality education through teacher training, school leadership training, skill training, and advocacy (school governance), community development and school management.
The valedictorian Emmanuel D. Allison, expressed gratitude to LEAD for preparing them for the task ahead in the teaching profession.
“By the training, we’re prepared to take on the challenge associated with the teaching profession, at least at the primary level,” Allison assured.
On the topic, “Why do you choose to serve as a Teacher,” the guest speaker Saywalah Jallah, urged each of the graduates to be a teacher by calling; not as an opportunity, “because by calling, a teacher maintains professional integrity, not an opportunist who takes the teaching profession for a ride.”
Jallah is the director of the Bureau of Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education (MoE).
He admonished the graduates to be agents of positive change to serve humanity whose minds they have been called to mold for the betterment of society.
In his baccalaureate sermon, Reverend Simon Dapaye challenged the graduates to inspire their prospective students to achieve their goal by building a better tomorrow.
Dapaye is a pastor at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cooper Farm in the Fendall Community, outside Monrovia.
He defines teachers as people who inspire young minds to break free from the shackles of their past, to make believe in their potential by becoming agents of positive change in their respective communities.
The program was coordinated by LEAD instructors, including Ernest R. Wonnah, who proxied for the entity’s executive director, Z. Elijah Whypoe, and Emmanuel N.M. Kaintuah.