Liberia’s first Lady Clar Weah will Friday launch the National High school debate competition.
The program will be launched under the banner.
The group is a non for profit Liberian organization “Youth for Change Inc. With aims and objectives is to impact youth through education, mentorship and entrepreneurship. In 2014 under her education segment launched the “Liberia National High School Debate Competition” as the result of a disturbing phenomenon called “SUPER FRIDAY’ (where students left classes for beaches during school hours) that erupted in Liberia but mostly in Montserrado County, Liberia, thus resulting into many student deaths by drowning, drug addition, alarming rape cases and teenage pregnancy, including massive failure in our secondary educational levels.
Additionally the ideas is to always impact positively as an alternative to “Super Friday”, saw us (Youth For Change Inc.) coined our flagship program – “Liberia National High School Debate Team”.
As the result of its (Liberia National High School Debate) measurable impact, we have worked closely with approximately Hundred and Fifty Thousand (150,000) students, across Montserrado County during these periods (2014-2017), and in December 2017, from December 7-22, 2017, we’ve sent Eight (8) students to South Africa to represent Liberia at the prestigious “Orate Africa, added the head Alex Devine.
At the competition Liberia’s delegation emerged as “ The Most Outstanding Team in the entire tournament, and Best from West Africa”.
furthermore Alex added that some of the objectives of this initiative includes but not necessarily limited to – building students public speaking skills, broadening their horizon to create the needed space for them to contribute to national development by advancing their ideas to national government and the private sector through debates, we have seen and experienced the extent to which it has yielded results – with the discovery of many young scholars of whom many are aspiring their higher education and knowing exactly what they want to study and are currently studying at different universities in and out of Liberia,he noted.
The contribution over the years by the group has helped immensely as such saw the need to decentralized the program.
The project will be subsequently launched in seven (7) counties namely: Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Cape Mount, Bong, Bomi and Montserrado County.
This year’s edition which is sponsored by Orange-Liberia will also be witnessed by key government officials to include the Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection Willetta Saydee Tarr, Education Minister Ansu Sonii and Youth and Sports Minister Zogar Wilson.