By Edwin M. Fayia III
The South Eastern Region Development Association (SERDA) in Unification City, Margibi County, recently received 42 university and grade school scholarships provided by the Liberia-Ghana Missions, an education institution engaged in helping Liberian students with scholarships.
During an honoring ceremony, LGM Chief Executive Officer Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings said the gesture was the entity’s way of empowering Liberians in the education sector. Empowering Liberians in education, he explained, would help them to make informed decisions regarding the future of the nation.
According to him, 19 university scholarships would be directed to students who will successfully pass the entrance examination of the University of Liberia (UL). However, some of the scholarships may be directed to other universities, not including Cuttington University in Bong County.
Rev. Giddings, who is also the Executive Director of the adult literacy organization Alfalit International Liberia, urged members and leaders of SERDA to engage leaders and stakeholders of south-eastern Liberia to help them gain access to education.
“We are always careful about the many invitations extended to us by organizations in our country as a group without association with political activities,” Rev. Giddings noted, recalling the financial contribution of the MacCall MacBain Foundation of Switzerland to the south-eastern adult literacy program in 2012.
He said as a result of funding gaps for the south-eastern adult literacy program, classes were suspended pending mobilization of funds to continue the program.
The LGM head also disclosed that more than 10,000 adults benefited during the 2012 adult literacy program in the southeast of Liberia. During the course of that program, Alfalit International was able to establish two regional offices in Pleebo, Maryland County, and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
Rev. Giddings added that consistent calls continue to pour into the offices of Alfalit International Liberia for the continuation of the adult literacy program in south-eastern Liberia. “Owing to our desire to extend adult literacy to our people in all parts of our country, plans are underway to revitalize the south-eastern
Liberia adult literacy program soon,” he assured, stressing that beneficiaries of the south-eastern program would be accountable and transparent the more engaged SERDA is with the region.
In closing, Rev. Giddings extended gratitude and appreciation to SERDA for the honor and expressed hope that partnership between the two entities would be further strengthened in years to come.
In remarks, the Chairlady for SERDA, Susannah Blackie, thanked LGM and Alfalit for the provision of adult literacy for women, school dropouts and scholarships for youth to acquire elementary, secondary and university education.
The founder and overseer of Eagle Chapel International, Rev. Edmund P. Freeman, told LGM staff that God has sent Rev. Giddings as an instrument of blessings for adult and young Liberians.
Prior to the honoring, two female adult learners in separate remarks expressed gratitude to Alfalit International for educationally empowering them. “We are grateful that we can now read and write our names and recognize public signs on billboards in our communities,” one of them said.