Former Miss Liberia, Patrice Juah, has re-launched the Miss Education Awareness Pageant Platform to help inspire young girls to strive for higher education and contribute to the development of Liberia.
At the launch over the weekend at the One Moore Bookstore on Camp Johnson Road, Ms. Juah said the program provides scholarships and advocates for the education of girls.
She explained that the pageant was founded in 2007 at the Martha Juah Educational Foundation in collaboration with the Evelyn Fairley Production and has since produced several outstanding young women and education ambassadors who continue to mentor and inspire their peers to take their education seriously.
The Miss Education Awareness Pageant was held under the theme: Beauty, Brains and Humanity, and was graced by educators and young women who continue to contribute immensely to the development of Liberia, including Ms. Juah, who was hailed for her steadfastness to education.
Hawa Golakai, Janice Bropleh-Sasay, Patrice Juah among others read some of their famous articles, including poems that showcase passion for education and the importance of education to young women.
Ms. Juah said, “The pageant has also provided academic scholarships and mentorships to all of its participants. The pageant aims to create and nurture a network of brilliant young women through education, developing their skills and providing resources to enhance their aspirations, thereby cultivating a culture of servant leadership.”
The Youth Advisor to the President, and Chief Launcher of the Miss Education Awareness Pageant, Madia Peters-Magbollah, underscored the need to focus on girls’ education in Liberia to break the cycle of poverty.
Mrs. Peters-Magbollah also hailed Ms. Juah for the opportunity provided her to serve as the Chief Launcher and promised to make her services available to ensure that the process is successful.
She noted that women are caregivers, first teachers of their children, including teaching the children on how to call the name of their mothers, fathers, carry themselves within the community and school, and must therefore be given the necessary opportunities to ensure that they are educated.
“We are the ones that take time to care for the children. So, if you have mothers who are educated, they are able to take care of their families and their contributions become more,” she observed.
“If one were to take a look at other African countries, including Uganda or Rwanda now, you would observe that these countries’ development is driven by their education and the fact that they are educated at all levels, academic and vocational.
“This eventually leads to economic empowerment. So, education is key to growth and development of any society or nation, and Liberia is no exception.”
Mrs. Peters-Magbollah reminded the audience of the popular saying that, ‘when you educate a girl, you educate a nation,’ “if we depend on one segment of the population as we have always been doing, the poverty cycle will continue in Liberia.”
Representatives of Paramount Young Women’s Initiative, ActionAid, UNICEF, and the government pledged their support to the Miss Education Awareness Pageant to ensure it achieves its objectives.