Several institutions have eminent alumni, but it seems when it comes to paying back, the College of West Africa (CWA) stands tall.
Over the last 50 years, CWA alumni, specifically ‘Graduating Classes’, have contributed thousands of dollars in cash and equipment to their alma mater and continued to do so in a number of engaging and innovative ways.
The CWA Class of 1987, on Monday, March 12, 2018, donated 150 arm-chairs, 700 pieces of souvenir flash-light ball pens, and Class T-shirts to the 2017/2018 graduating class.
The donation was made in a formal program marking the reunion of the Class of 1987.
Former Police Director Marc Amblard, Student Council President of CWA in 1987, presented the arm-chairs to the school on behalf of the class.
Other members of the Class included Atty. Victoria Gouma Duncan (the running mate to Sen. Prince Johnson and Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports), Madam Audrian Smith-Forbes (former Firestone Liberia administrator) and Mrs. Hawa-Ellen Knuckles (the daughter of the late Willis Knuckles).
Others include Mrs. Aumuo Abdallah Ebanks, Mrs. Ruth Hanson Thomas, Mr. C. Johnston Henries, Mr. Henry J. Cooper, Mr. Davidson Barlee, Rev. Joseph G. Neufville, Mr. Richard W. Clarke, Jr., Mr. Cedrick Windell Reeves, Mr. Siebo Williams, Mr. Duval Cassell, Mrs. Edith Williams Quiah, Mrs. Esther Korvah Ricks and Mr. A. Wendell Kialian.
All of the alumni in separate remarks, talked about the quality of CWA and how they enjoyed the school and are happy to be able to give back.
They also encouraged the students to seriously pursue education and do corporate business.
A 1987 Physics instructor, His Honor Roosevelt Z. Willie, also thanked the students for their achievements and indicated that he always told them that “knowledge is power.”
The President of CWA, Rev. Paye Cooper Mondolo, said the school is grateful for the number of donation made by the alumni. He said the school will continue to prepare future leaders of tomorrow to make a positive impact on the world.
Rev. Mondolo said the CWA is undergoing financial constraints and has not received subsidies from oversea missions. He stressed the need to increase teachers’ salaries.
He told the 1987 graduates that “all the books in the library are outdated and want additional help to boost the laboratory.”