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LIBERIA: AFELL Vice President calls for conducive learning environment for students in Liberia – Says poverty should never be a barrier to achieving quality education

Atti. Bowoulo T. Kelley

The Vice President of the Association of Women Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) calls on the Liberian government to ensure an enabling environment for students in Liberia.

Attorney Bowoulo T. Kelley, who was the keynote speaker at the 10th Weltona Christian High School Graduation Exercise in Paynesville, reminded the Liberian government that the right to quality education is a fundamental right protected by the instruments national and international human rights that the State has the obligation to implement.

Speaking on the topic: “Education, a Redemptive Tool for Transformation in Liberia,” Advocate Kelley argued that poverty should never be a barrier for citizens to get an education, especially in a country with so many resources.

According to the Vice President of AFELL, the state must ensure that the next generation is well situated by providing a conducive environment where young people will be eager to learn and apply the skills learned.

Addressing the more than two hundred graduates, Atty. Kelley praised the students for sticking with their studies for twelve years; saying this brought joy to their parents in the midst of many challenges.

She says: “For example, most parents barely have the resources to support their children in school. It is no secret that the majority of public institutions and some private institutions in rural and urban areas lack basic teaching materials and qualified staff to perform their duties properly, which diminishes the ability of students to compete with their counterparts in other parts of the world, and defend their degrees convincingly locally.

“Despite all these daunting challenges, particularly in education and at home, some of our young people like you have shown determination to go against all odds with the full support of your parents, in pursuit of the academic excellence in one of the leading institutions of learning in Liberia,” she said.

Atti. Kelly further said, “Another challenge is that the formal education acquired by this generation is experiencing a shock from the informal. Therefore, when young people leave the walls of secondary school, their interactions with society in general tend to have an impact on the application of formal education. Interactions with society that have lost basic human values ​​and dignity associated with lack of respect for basic human rights.

“A society where the systems are non-existent or those that exist are ignored to accommodate the desires of the powers that be and other so-called elites. A society that has presented a stage where ill-prepared and uneducated individuals will opt for elective positions, riding on the ignorance of our people for their personal gains. A society where there is no motivation for education as we see university graduates languishing on the streets in search of jobs and other fields where they can apply the skills learned,” she said. lamented.

However, she called on graduates to stay focused despite these challenges, saying education remains the vital tool of redemption for the transformation of society.

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