Nulee Erickca Enders, a young Liberian female high school graduate who is wishing to become a fashion hopeful or a business entrepreneur, has called on Grand Bassa County’s leadership to do all it can to assist upcoming or future Liberian doctors, entrepreneurs, economists and other potential citizens to realize their dreams.
In her valedictorian address, Ms. Enders said although Liberia’s young people have big dreams and the creativity to pursue their desires, the opportunities rarely exist and where they do exist, they are not merit-based.
“We are smart, ready, creative, brilliant and resilient! So we all have big dreams and goals that we want to pursue, but can not see where the opportunities are. Some will say there are opportunities but in my mind, it is most times not for the most deserved, but based on who knows who,” Enders insinuated.
Ms. Enders, who wishes to become a fashion designer, earned certificates for academic excellence in four key subject areas of English, Economics, Biology and Chemistry. She praised God, thanked her parents and siblings as well as the administration of the Turkish Light International School for doing a great job.
Ms. Enders was quick to ask the ultimate questions: “How long are we going to settle for the mediocre? How long are you going to continue to misplace us in this society? How long are you going to continue to kill our dreams? Are you not tired of importing labor, are you not tired of telling tales of Ghana, America, Senegal or where ever you’ve been? Well as for us, we are tired of hearing the tales, not just tired but very exhausted,” she concluded rhetorically.
Born in Monrovia, nearly 20 years ago, Ms Enders began her early education at the Zoe Louise Preparatory School in Monrovia. In 2013, she enrolled at the Light International School System where she graduated with high honors and became the Valedictorian of her class.
According to the student, Liberia’s educational system has been categorized in unsavory words which could throw doubts on the direction of the country. “Our Educational system has been said to be a mess, thus making our society a mess. Mariam Wright said, ‘Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.’ So, what are we doing? They say we are the change but how can we move when we don’t know where we are heading?”
Ms. Enders urged the leaders of Liberia to keep alive the dreams of the country’s enterprising youth.
“Today, on behalf of myself, my class and every Liberian child, I would like to challenge our leaders to become builders of dreams, and not killers of dreams. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” Enders said.
Meanwhile, she has also admonished the youth to keep challenging themselves: “Do not be complacent, continue to challenge yourself and dream big to go forth and set the world on fire. So you must remain strong.”