A United States-based Liberian educator has admonished 2018 graduates of the Richard M. Nixon Institute to work collectively to make Liberia a modern nation, in spite of the prevailing economic situation.
Dr. John T. Wulu, Jr., Chairman of the John and Minnie Wulu School System on Capitol Bye-Pass, told the graduates to mentally, spiritually and emotionally prepare themselves to improve the country’s infrastructural development.
And because of such condition, Wulu wants the graduates to be masters of their own destiny by recognizing the sources of their achievements.
He further challenged each of them to pursue higher education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, emphasizing that Liberia needs medical doctors, nurses, and technicians for its healthcare system, as well as qualified professionals, and educators to work in its educational system.
“The future of Liberia is intertwined with your future as graduates, and so you must make it your responsibility to focus on building the infrastructure. Liberians should give back to Liberia in whatever little way,” Wulu said.
Dr. Wulu’s admonition was contained in a speech he recently delivered at the graduation ceremony of 34 students of the Nixon Institute in Monrovia. He called on the graduates to see the quality of early primary education as their first goal to advance to the next level.
“Everyday matters in life, and so as you are being self-prepared, see the quality of early/primary education for all as your goal; see secondary education as the path to a brighter and a stabilizing future, and see higher education as platinum,” Wulu challenged the graduates.
He also wants them to be humble, responsible, respectful and law-abiding in all that they do.
He added, “Don’t let any life-holding obstacle to stop you, but to always find a way to go around it. And that’s what self-preparation does.”
Wulu told the graduates to identify issues facing the country by collaborating with the leaders to create and deploy practical and sustainable solutions.
“We all know that the challenges of nation building are enormous, and non-exhaustive, including the need to enhance post office services with mail delivery to homes directly (identifying home address and location of residents in the country is important); improving sanitation/drainage system; refining transportation system (having more traffic lights for safety, improving roads and crosswalks for the sake of pedestrians and motorists); ensuring there is visibility of police to protect lives and properties, and availing electricity and clean water to the citizens,” Wulu said.
He urged the graduates to pursue higher education. “I am making available as of today in the presence of attending your graduation that I will be responsible for your registration fees, tuition payments, and costs for books and instructional materials if you can enroll at the University of Liberia between now and the end of year 2020,” Wulu assured the graduates.
Grand Gedeh County Senator G. Alphonso Gaye encouraged the graduates to persevere by following their academic dreams. Sen. Gaye said he came from parents who were poor farmers, but today he serves as the senior senator at the Legislature.
He implored the graduates to see Dr. Wulu’s address as guidance for motivation in their academic and professional pursuit. Dr. Wulu is currently the chairman of the John and Minnie Wulu School System (JMWSS) and the John and Minnie Wulu (JMW) Legacy.
The School System comprises three schools, including the Richard M. Nixon Institute (also known as the John Wulu High School) on Capitol Bye-Pass, the John Wulu Elementary School at WarWein, and the Minnie Wulu Elementary and Junior High School at St. Paul Bridge, Bushrod Island.
Dr. Wulu resides in the U.S., and works as Chief Statistician/Senior Mathematical Statistician/Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE Health Service Corps in Washington, D.C.
He has been working for the U.S. Federal Government for at least 18 years. He currently serves as Associate Professor (adjunct) of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Maryland, and Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the Montgomery College Department of Mathematics. He has had at least 30 years of teaching experience at universities and colleges.