‘We Will Always be Friends’

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Canadian PM Justin Pierre Trudeau yesterday assured the Liberian student community that he and Canada will always be their friends, regardless of the distance and challenges that may exist. He said he too was impressed that God has afforded him the opportunity to visit Liberia and share with its people all the joy.

“I am happy for meeting you, too,” PM Trudeau told the audience as he shook hands with many of the students, assuring them that his country and people will never forget Liberia, even if he should leave office.

“My coming is history-making, but remember that the bilateral connection between my country and Liberia, the founding nation of independence on the continent of colonial Africa, will continue to exist. Take my word for this,” he said to loud cheers.

He later played a game of handball with the kids, most of them students attending the occasion.

For his part, Right to Play (RTP) Country Director for Liberia Timothy Paulus yesterday expressed his organization’s gratefulness for the visit of Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau to one of the schools it is partnering with, Slipway Public School, and interacting with students and staff.

RTP is sponsored by the Canadian Government through the office of the Prime Minister, and has been a development partner of Liberia’s since 2001.

“The visit of PM Justin Pierre Trudeau is a blessing to Liberia, most especially to the children and women who are at the bottom of societal development,” Mr. Paulus said.

He said during the PM’s visit to the Slipway Public School, he revealed that he loves seeing the capacities of females being developed and improved so they can contribute to national development.

“The huge presence of Liberians to host such a distinguished guest justifies how we love to see ourselves,” Mr. Paulus said.

Since 2015, RTP has implemented Partnership for the Acquisition of Quality Education (PAQE) in Montserrado, Margibi, and Bong counties with funding from the Canadian Government.

Mr. Paulus said the program seeks to improve the attainment of quality education and participation of about 12,000 students, of which 5,400 are girls and 6,600 boys, attending several schools across the three counties.

He said under the program, RTP has trained over 360 teachers, who are applying the Play Based Learning (PBL) methodology introduced by RTP in their daily contact with over 11,000 children in 40 schools across the three counties.

Paulus then commended everyone who has sacrificed precious time to accord PM Trudeau a deserving welcome.

For student Jeannette George of grade 2, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues during their interaction with PM Trudeau, the students will ever remain inspired by his presence to do their best to learn their lessons so that they too will become great leaders like him and visit other countries and students in the future.

“We say thank you for visiting us. Your presence made us to feel that you have visited all the student community of the country,” student George said with a smile on her face.

She said with the PBL methods of teaching, their teachers have made it easy for them to learn difficult subjects, including mathematics.

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