Vice President Boakai Addresses Students

Wednesday, 18th July 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says educating the youth to prepare them for future leadership remains a non-negotiable and uncompromising objective of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government.

He said the nation needs trained youths who do not think that criticisms on radio and in newspapers are the best methods of solving problems, adding, “We need people who contribute positively to rebuilding the country”.

“We all need to train our youth about the dangers and cruelty of warfare, armed robbery activities and other acts of violence so that they will refrain from such and engage in economic activities that will bring pride to themselves and their motherland,” he emphasized.

Vice President Boakai’s remarks were contained in a speech he delivered at the first closing exercises of the Light International School located at Airfield Shortcut in Sinkor on Wednesday. During the program held on the school campus, five students were awarded certificates after completing kindergarten.

The Liberian Vice President said among the priorities President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has to grapple with, is restoration of the nation’s educational standards to prewar level, adding that schools that espouse international standards, like Light International School, are required to put the manpower needed to move the country’s reconstruction and development agenda forward.

He acknowledged that education is very vital and remains a critical tool in life, and lauded the administration of Light International School for the high standards of education being offered at the school.

Light International School, a preparatory school, is run by expatriates from Turkey. Courses offered at the school include French and Computer.