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|Father-Of-The-Year On Better Govt. Support To Children’s Education|
|Published on June 29, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
The newly crowned father-of-the-year at the Light Temple (Great Commission) Church in Bardnersville Township has called on the Liberian government to pay more tangible attention to the education of the country’s future leaders.
Mr. Patrick B. Josiah said if the future of Liberia is to be bright, it was time for the government, parents and the church to train the children appropriately by providing them quality education.
Mr. Josiah, speaking to this paper after being crowned father-of-the-year for 2009 on Sunday, said though the government has initiated the free and compulsory primary education, the program needs to be enforced. More funds, he added, needed to be pumped into the educational sector to enhance quality education in the country.
The former employee of Global Bank, now the Coordinator of the First International Bank in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, urged the government to increase budgetary allotments to childhood education; to enforce the free compulsory primary education and build more school in communities where there are no schools for the children to attend.
Touching on the parents, Mr. Josiah said they were the first people responsible for the education of the children.
He said the family which includes the parents and children, is the nucleus of the society, and argued that a good parent will produce a good home and child which would culminate into a better society.
He said while some parents were struggling and sacrificing to educate the future parents and leaders of the country, others were doing very little and nothing and wasting the children’s future by using them as bread winners.
The father said it was saddened to still see thousands of Liberian children in the street and market places selling to win bread for their homes instead of being in class rooms like their colleagues, learning for the future. He described parents sending their children in the streets as being heartless and lacking vision.
On the role of the Church, Mr. Josiah said it has a very cardinal function in providing religious education to the young people.
He said religious education was one of the best ways to bring up the young to become responsible citizens.
He called on the Church to encourage children to attend Sunday schools; teach them the living words of God, if they must become successful in life.