The Ministry of Education Monday began a three-day working summit in Kakata, Margibi County to revitalize the nation’s messy education sector.
The three-day summit gathers national and international partners and focuses on promoting dialogue to create an effective education system with theme: “Prioritizing Education, Why Should We Care.”
Speaking at the opening session, President George Weah said: “education has helped me to be who I am today no matter how talented I may have been in sports.”
“2005 presidential debate with ambassadors Winston Tubman and Nathaniel Barnes thought me that I needed to change my life and the only way to change was to go back to the classroom because I wanted to be like them.”
“I would not have been where I am today without a good education. I can speak from direct personal experience of what it’s like not to have an education and what difference it makes to be educated,” the Liberian leader said.
President Weah quoted the late Nelson Mandela as saying “education is the great engine of personal development.”
He said it is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a medical doctor, the son of a mineworker can become the head and that the child of a farm worker can became the president of a great nation.
We must give every child and every youth of this nation the same opportunity to realize their maximum potential so they can contribute to the new Liberia, President Weah added.
Writes Titus E. Dessie