By Edwin M. Fayia III
Pastor Rose Farhat, the director of women’s empowerment of the United Methodist Church (UMC), has urged adult literacy learners in Alfalit Liberia’s education program not to end their education but pursue higher learning.
Mrs. Farhat gave the admonition recently in her keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the Alfalit Liberia program on Old Road in Sinkor, near Monrovia. She said the graduates’ decision to acquire education was the best they have made so far in their lives.
Mrs. Farhat described women as child bearers, caregivers and nurturers as they handle the social and domestic affairs of the home. She reminded them that no matter what people may say, they should not give up but must continue to pursue higher education in the Alfalit program. She also informed the graduates that there are great advantages in the world if they continue to seek higher education.
Mrs. Farhat assured the students that adult literacy education will bring about economic development and social change in the lives of each of them.
If young women and men are educated, they will be in the position to make informed decisions, especially during the election period. She told the graduates and incoming adult students that those that endure to the end will earn great rewards such as achieving a sense of independence in their lives.
“Keep coming to your classes amid social barriers and discouragement. At the end, you will get rewards for your hard work, commitment and dedication,” Mrs. Farhat added. She said one important component of adult literacy is about teachers who must exhibit good moral standards, patience and tolerance. She admonished the teachers to love, cherish and nurture their students if they are to achieve the kind of results the partners are expecting.
Alfalit executive director Reverend Emmanuel J. Giddings announced that those who completed the six cycles would be supported to pursue higher education. Such support, Rev. Giddings said, would be initiated through the Liberia Ghana Missions that has assisted more than 6000 Liberians. He disclosed plans to include Mathematics, Geography, Civics and History in the curriculum.
Rev. Giddings thanked the teachers and area coordinators for keeping the light of the adult literacy program alive in Liberia. During the ceremony, several adult literacy students testified that the program has tremendously transformed their lives.