Monrovia, Liberia - Twenty scholarships have been announced for deserving students attending a newly launched private primary institution, in New Georgia, Gardnersville. ">

Go Beyond Self and Family "President Sirleaf Urges Liberians, as she launches the Haweh Academy

Saturday, 15th September 2007
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon for Haweh Academy  in New Georgia, Gardnersville
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon for Haweh Academy in New Georgia, Gardnersville
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - Twenty scholarships have been announced for deserving students attending a newly launched private primary institution, in New Georgia, Gardnersville.The offer was announced on Saturday by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she participated in ceremonies marking the formal opening of Haweh Academy, according to an Executive Mansion Press release.

The President said she was offering the scholarships on behalf of the Unity Party to support less fortunate parents send their children to school.  The Liberian leader also pledged a well and hand pump to provide clean drinking water for the school. The donation was made on behalf of Measuagon, the Presidentís private non-governmental organization. President Johnson Sirleaf also made a personal contribution of US 2-thousand United States dollars, to help the school meet its immediate needs.

The Chief Executive lauded the Proprietress of the Haweh Academy, Mrs. Marinda Freeman-Badio, for her effort to assist in providing educational opportunities to her community. The President said more progress could be made in the country if individuals went beyond themselves and family to care and share with the less fortunate in society. President Johnson Sirleaf said government has an obligation and responsibility to support and encourage the sacrificial efforts of those who engage in initiatives to help society.

The Proprietress of the School, Mrs. Marinda Freeman Badio, thanked the President for honoring the invitation to attend the official launch of the School. She said the school will create a learning environment which reflects care and support in which parents will form an integral part in the education to their children. Mrs. Freeman-Badio expressed concern over the inability of young people to enroll due to the lack of support. She appealed to individuals Ďwith the meansí to provide scholarships for less fortunate students who are anxious to learn but can not afford to do so due to the lack of funds.

The Haweh Academy Proprietress, has meanwhile, thanked the U.S. based St. Andrews United Methodist Church of Warminster, Pennsylvania and the Centennial School District of Warminster for the initial support provided the School to begin its operations.

Speaking earlier, Associate Justice Jamesetta Howard-Wolokollie, who also served as Chief Launcher, praised Mrs. Freeman-Badio for her perseverance, describing her as a good example for young Liberian women. Counselor Wolokollie called on government to support private schools because they complement government efforts to provide quality education to it citizens. Associate Justice Wolokollie also made a personal pledge of 25 chairs and offered 2 scholarships for less fortunate students.