Rev. Samuel K. Wilson, founder and proprietor of the Mount Zion Christian Academy (MZCA) in the72nd Community, has urged Liberian parents and students to shun elaborate celebrations during graduation ceremonies.
Rev. Wilson gave the caution during a thanksgiving service program for 78 graduates of the MZCA held last Sunday on the campus of the school in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Rev. Wilson warned the outgoing graduates to strive hard to continue climbing the ladder of education in academic, vocational and technical studies.
The MZCA founder reminded the graduates that graduation from high school is the first step and the beginning of a long journey intended to prepare them for a brighter future.
He said the graduates should always seek God for guidance and direction.
Rev. Wilson, whose message was on many occasions greeted with applauds, said the Liberian society is saturated with negative vices that continue to hinder development, including nepotism, corruption and bad governance by successive administrations.
He warned the graduates not be part of those found at public places and business areas committing crimes such as snatching mobile phones and abusing young girls.
Rev. Wilson described corruption and a selective and weak justice system as endemic and urged the graduates and incoming students to shy away from them.
Rev. Wilson made reference to recent July 26 Independence Day programs, where the usual pomp and pageantry among Liberians were very poor due to financial constraints.
The MZCA proprietor noted that many Liberian homes and families were unable to celebrate in the regular way because prices of needed food items have risen on the Liberian market.
“You have begun a journey that has so much difficulties and I want you all to remain focus, determine and hardworking in the quest to acquire quality education in our country,” Rev. Wilson admonished the graduates.
In a specific advice to the female graduates, Rev. Wilson said their hopes and dreams are great but they must continue to demonstrate fortitude and hard work in their studies to reach the ‘promise land of education.’
He further warned them to guide against sleeping with men that have no intension of marrying them.
“In everything you desire and wish, consider Jesus Christ to be your cornerstone and continue to live solid and genuine lives of humble attitudes…passionate and compassionate students,” Rev. Wilson cautioned.
Meanwhile Rev. Wilson said for the 2016-2017 academic year, the Liberia/Ghana Mission (LGM) has provided additional grants that have brought the total to 500 for the school.
He intimated that the Chief Executive Officer of the LGM Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings has demonstrated a real partnership with MZCA that continues to help many parents in the country.
Since the inception of the LGM and MZCA in 2007, the school has grown from mat to concrete building with 13 classrooms.
The LGM program, Rev. Wilson explained, has helped and is still helping a lot of underprivileged children to be in school.