“As in the case of many parents, if it causes you to sell bitterballs, pepper, cassava and whatever for the sake of educating your child, it is worth doing so as life is increasingly becoming difficult by the day,” said Brown.
He made the statement recently at the graduation of 73 students from the Excellent Learning Foundation Academy located in Old Matadi in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor.
The graduates included 16 Day Care, 41 Pre-first, 13 six graders and three ninth graders.
Brown described education as something that unlocks opportunities, the compromise of which, he said, is dangerous not only to the future of the children but also the nation.
He said it was saddening and totally unacceptable to have thousands of school-age children out of school, despite improvements in Liberia’s education system and accessible facilities across the country.
Brown recalled that over 70 percent of the country’s educational facilities were destroyed during the civil conflict that engulfed the country, noting that since the coming to power of the Unity Party-led government more schools than the number destroyed have been built.
He said he therefore sees no reason why the number of out-of-school children is still very huge.
In remarks, the proprietor of the school, Mawolo Kollie, thanked parents for their financial and moral support and the staff and students for a successful academic year.
Kollie vowed to not only expand the school but to also improve the facilities.