The Executive Director of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF), Emma Smith, has stressed the need for Liberian students to be empowered educationally and socially so they can be easily integrated into the larger society and be able to make positive impacts.
The ESLRF Executive Director spoke in Paynesville at the end of a week-long Picnic Festival and year-end party for several students and children in the ELWA Community.
Ms. Smith said social and educative gatherings of students from various institutions, such as the one she had organized, are some of the best ways to allow them space to disclose issues or problems they confront in their homes, schools and society.
This year’s edition of the regular event organized by the foundation brought together over one hundred (100) students from various high schools and universities in and around Monrovia. The theme of this year’s festival was “Know your purpose.”
Ms. Smith said with the help of other well-meaning Liberians and institutions, her foundation will remain committed to supporting such initiatives to discover and enhance the skills and potentials of students in the country.
Ms. Smith thanked the MRU, Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), the ESLRF staff among others for their meaningful contributions in making the day a success.
The planner and coordinator of the festival, Morris McCarthy, said the program was initiated by the Executive Director of the Foundation in order to enlighten students about their potentials and abilities.
Mr. McCarthy added that the program, which comprised of sports, fieldtrips and a career development lecture series, is also geared towards affording students the opportunity to expose some of the problems and challenges that confront them during their educational pursuits and social life.
He said a basketball match was organized between the students of the African Methodist University (AMEU) and the United Methodist University (UMU) at the LBS basketball court in Paynesville – which the AMEU team won, and was awarded a purse.
He said the week-long festival, which began with the basketball tournament, included a fieldtrip and lecture series held at the John Gbezede Beach off the Robertsfield highway.
He added that the events were climaxed by certification of each participant and a children’s party.
Also speaking, the Founder and CEO of the African Dream Academy (ADA), Rev. Samuel Enders, admonished the students to stay committed to pursuing their dreams to be successful.
Rev. Enders said the progress and success of any person is in his or her own hands.
He described the theme “Know your purpose” as “exploring and exploiting your dreams consistently thereby ignoring too many distractions that may fall along the way.”
Rev. Enders challenged participating students at the festival to be agents of change in transforming their communities, institutions and society at large through their own positive contributions.
He pledged his Institution’s commitment to supporting the initiative of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation in order to raise more competent future leaders in the country.