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|“I Feel Passionate Helping To Educate Young People” -Says Nimba Lawmaker|
|Published on April 29, 2011||Email To Friend Print Version
Nimba County District Number Four (Bain-Garr) Representative Honorable Nohn Rebecca Kidau says she feels compelled to help improve the academic setting of her district and county because “unless the youths of today are prepared for the challenges lying ahead of them, the entire nation is doomed.”
Madam Kidau was speaking to newsmen in Ganta at the end of this year's finals of her annual quizzing competition which brings together high schools in the Ganta area to test their knowledge on academic matters.
“When I took over as the Representative of Bain-Garr District, I was told that Ganta was more engaged in commercial activities than academic undertakings,” she said.
“So I felt obliged to find a way to improve the academic image of the city and its students. I held brainstorming sessions with my staff to find out how we could get people take more interest in education,” the Nimba Lawmaker added.
As part of the strategy to actualize this dream, she explained, the staging of a annual quizzing competition was found to be one of the most meaningful ways to add impetus to the desire of students to learn.
The school winning the competition walks away with the Nohn R. Kidau Academic Excellence Award and participating schools and their administrative and instructional staff are also given certificates as a way of appreciating them.
“During the quizzing competition, the students are at their best. They go into study camps and their teachers are at their best, as well, and the parents are glued to the radio during the quizzing period,” Madam Kidau told reporters, saying this is one aspect of the exercise that excites her most.
“The quizzing helps them to do well in their studies and the WAEC tests, and improve their academic standing. In fact, the students have asked me to build them a modern library in Ganta to help them study more.”
Madam Kidau hopes to get some funding assistance some day to address this crucial concern which, she believes, will not only boost the learning atmosphere in Ganta, but will make schools in the city second to none in academic performance.
The quizzing period is a challenging and exciting moment in Ganta, giving reason for students to get ever closer to academic materials necessary to enhance their capabilities and readiness for the contest.
The weeks leading to the start of the competition have always seen students getting engaged in study works, making use of books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, etc to prepare themselves.
Madam Kidau hailed teachers of the Ganta School System for sacrificing to stand by their students “and as a result of their involvement, we have all been proud of the performances of our students and schools.”
To ensure that the competition is fair and transparent, she said “We bring gender-balanced, non Namibian-judges from Monrovia and elsewhere who have no connections with or have any particular interest in any of the participating schools to preside over the quizzing competition.”
Asked why academic activities are in the center of most of her development initiatives, the District Four Representative said “every politician should have a passion for something and mine is education. I feel passionate about helping to educate young people because the long years of civil war deprived them of their right to education.”
She went on to explain that after going through years of war “for us and Liberia to have a better future, the young people must be prepared to give the country what future it ought to have,” adding, “education, I believe, is liberty and with education, the future is bright for all of us.”
This year's winner of the Nohn R. Kidau Academic Excellence Award is the St. Lawrence High School.
The second and third place winners --- Ganta United Methodist and the YMCA High Schools , respectively ---- also earned a trophy each.
The highest male pointer was Preston Yanamah , a 9th grader of YMCA, while the highest female pointer was Safiatu Bari, a 12th grader) of St. Lawrence. They each received a medal and a scholarship.
All eleven participating high schools were awarded certificates of participation.
There was also a debate between St. Lawrence High School and Messiah Christian Academy High School .
The question was “Is the government succeeding in the fight against corruption?”
Messiah Christian Academy argued that the government was succeeding in the fight against corruption, while St. Lawrence argued against. Messiah Christian Academy won the debate and received the Nohn R. Kidau Intellectual Award.
The most eloquent male was Sabastine S. James of Messiah Christian Academy while the most eloquent female was Karen Klaser of St. Lawrence. Each of them received a medal and a scholarship from the Lawmaker.
The Nimba Lawmaker called on school authorities to provide quality education throughout the year to make it easier for the students during WAEC and quizzing periods.
She also appealed to media and media practitioners to help in promoting the young people and exposing them to opportunities out there.
“They should encourage students by providing full coverage of the event and presenting the true picture of the quizzing events,” she pleaded