Liberian girls are perceived to pay less attention to education but present day reality points to a departure away from that notion as the country’s girls are making academic headways home and abroad. Emmerline F. N. Rogers, a 22-year old Liberian girl presently residing in the United States walks out of the walls of the Brooklyn College in New York with Masters of Arts in International Affairs.
The maxim: “when you educate a girl, you educate a whole generation” is being manifested in Emmerline’s case as she establishes the “Young Lady of Prestige”- an organization that is helping young women in and across Liberia to reach their full potentials regardless of the circumstances they face, particularly through skills trainings, self respect, encouraging them to go to school, drugs awareness, volunteerism and community integrations. The 22 years old Liberian is making frantic efforts to establish another branch of the organization in Liberia within a few weeks. Despite the inroads she has made so far, the enterprising Liberian lady is not content with her laurels but is looking to add a doctorate probably in psychology since in fact she acquired her first degree in that field of study. Emmerline, the daughter of Independent Congress for Democratic Change (ICDC), National Chairman, Emmanuel A. Rogers, intends to inspire her peers back home to pursue higher education even in daring circumstances. Emmerline’s plan to have another branch of her organization could not come at any better time than now when sector ministries of government are rolling out ways to transform the social wellbeing of young people especially girls.