The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security on Saturday May 7, 2016 ended the first phase of the rural women adult literacy project with a colourful ceremony at the Chief Suah Koko Center for Women’s Empowerment, situated on the campus of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.
The ceremony was graced by several key personalities including Hon. Jewel Howard Taylor, Senior Senator of Bong County, who served at guest speaker, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Establishment Coordinator of ABIC, Hon. Olubanke King Akerele, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of ABIC and Madam Hannah Karbo, Gender Analyst and head of the UNDP team. Others were former Education Minister, Madam Etmonia Tarpeh, the Vice President of Internal Control at Cuttington University, Dr. Bamkaley Kamara and representatives from the office of the County Superintendent.
The program was marked by cultural performance, remarks by students, lectures, organizers and guest as well as demonstration of learning experiences by the students. Student Deborah Gbongo Kollie, who graduated with high honour, presented a motivational statement during the occasion titled, “Never Too Late to Learn”. She cautioned her colleagues not to be deterred by age and other factors but they should be focused and willing to learn. She admonished her fellow graduates to keep studying so that they can learn how to read and write.
The guest speaker of the occasion, Hon. Jewel Howard Taylor, Senior Senator of Bong County urged the graduates to be ambassadors in their communities to encourage other women to join the adult literacy program. Honourable Taylor pointed out the significance of more women joining the program and becoming educated because of the viability it brings to the community. She noted, “If you learn something, you transform your mind, family, communities and the greater community”.
Extending her thanks and appreciation to UNDP-Liberia and ABIC for the initiative, Senator Taylor pledged twenty five thousand United States dollars (US$25,000.00)as her commitment to improve and expand the program so that many women have the opportunity to enrol with the hope that the program will be replicated in all fifteen counties of the Republic of Liberia.