The president Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate and Senior Senator of Grand Bassa County, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, has underscored the essence of education, saying “no nation can thrive if education is not the code and a basis for its national existence.”
Senator Findley made the statement recently when he served as a keynote speaker at a program marking the 25th graduation and closing exercises of the Bassa Seventh Day Adventist High School in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
He said, “Without education our people will not be able to know their rights and responsibilities to the rule of law and share their individual and collective quotas in the socio-economic and infrastructural development of post war Liberia.”
The Grand Bassa Senior Senator pointed out that the basis for national development will only be a reality if citizens, especially the young people, are studious to obtain quality vocational and academic education to become responsible future leaders who will move the country forward for national recognition and admiration.
He stressed on the dire need for the Liberian government to re-enforce its educational sector and provide quality education for the younger generation by building their capacities to empower them develop the country.
He noted that if the government educates the younger generation to adulthood, they will know their rights and rules in the family, society, and their communities to develop principles that will make them become assets, through their achievements.
He said the brutal civil crisis (1989-2003) did not only destroy the country, but turned the guns against ourselves and our people through the influence of adults who were greedy for power by then.
He re-echoed the Government of Liberia’s continuous commitment to illiteracy eradication as evidenced by the launching of the free compulsory education scheme by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the younger generation in both vocational and academic disciplines.
He cautioned the younger generation that while it is true that the free compulsory education scheme is expedient, they must take advantage of it for a successful future.
Findley has served as a Senior Senator for Grand Bassa County since 2005 and has just crossed carpet to the Unity Party, where he was last Friday unanimously endorsed as Senatorial aspirant to re-contest the 2014 Special Senatorial election on the UP’s ticket for Grand Bassa County.
Also speaking at the colorful occasion, the Principal of the Bassa SDA High School in Buchanan, Mr. Levi W. Flahnma congratulated the graduates that comprised 31 females and 34 males, and lauded teachers for their immense contributions and parents for their tireless support.
For his achievements, Mr. Flahnma revealed that he has restructured and built the capacity of the teaching staff for the viability of the school system.
He said his administration has also enforced on the school’s campus to avoid the infiltration of residents and passersby during school hours, opened a computer facility for internet services, among others.
He named some of his challenges as the lack of an auditorium, science laboratory, and requisite textbooks among others, and called on the Ministry of Education to impart and distribute among schools in the country modern requisite textbooks rather than what he termed as out-dated textbooks from the USA, Europe and other countries.
He also appealed to the South-East Liberia SDA Mission Board, the national government and international community as well as other humanitarian groups and personalities to help solve some of the major problems in the school.
Earlier, in her valedictorian message on the topic: ‘The Power of Knowledge,’ Miss Grace Nyantee of Grand Kru County, said every Liberian must use his/her power acquired from knowledge to positively benefit the country.