By Rozette Pajibo
We can see that girls' education is very important in this 21st Century. When a girl is educated, she can be of great help to her country and other countries as well.
In past times, girls weren’t allowed to attend school simply because they were girls. They have to stay at home and take care of babies and do some house related work. Their parents married them out at an early age, like 15-16 years old. They never had a choice because their rights were ceased.
Today, technology has spread throughout the world and everyone is getting aware of good life, but this good life comes through education. When we take a look around us, we will see that females have really stood out because they are now beginning to understand the importance of going to school, that’s why we can see a female pilot, medical doctor, teacher, manager, president and so many. Girls really have a great impact in the society.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as the 24th president of my country(Liberia) and she has done so many wonderful things as a female. She was the first female to be elected as head of state in Africa. She has set a great legacy that will live on. Is this a magic? If yes, then education was the source of her power but if No, then it was education, determination and her self confidence that got her where she is now. The two ways are still the same. Education is a magic and it’s not magic. If you make it a magic, then it will eventually become a magic. In class, there are students that are clever and some students are not very smart, but we all are heading for one goal.
I was privileged to attend a girls' workshop at Gender Ministry in 2015 in Liberia. Jewel Howard Taylor who is the current Vice President of Liberia and Kula Fofana who works at the Gender Ministry then, spoke to us. We were all girls from different schools. Those great women really impacted knowledge into us. That very day, we learned about self-esteem and the role education played in reaching the height they were in society. I was still in high school but I was almost completing 12th grade. After the program, they gave each girl an envelope and inside was a stipend. It was not so much money that we received, but it was the knowledge that we were given. This knowledge can be used by an individual to better their life. What I learned that day has helped me personally with my life. It gave me the zest to press forward with my educational journey. It also made me feel special and part of the society.
It is my fervent hope that every single girl around the World not only Liberia has access to free, quality and accessible education. Taking into account huge percentage of women and girls population are already left behind due to the practice of the old order and financial problem, leaders should provide a conducive avenue for basic skills program such as; baking, soap making, tailoring, hair dressing and many more, giving hope, inspirations and enable women and girls without former education achieve their dreams. They should provide opportunity and facilitate a suitable learning environment to help girls learn and grow that they can be their best selves and do not have to depend on men’s pockets.
I strongly believe that girls education is a solid foundation to build a great nation. When a girl is educated she won’t be fooled by a man to get pregnant as early as teenage, she will put education first and education last, she will always want to make her parents proud. It is a big embarrassment to have kids you can’t support, let us strive to put girls in school and educate them. Poverty is something everyone is running away from and the only way to get rid of this disease fully is using education as a medicine. If a girl is not educated, she cannot survive on her own, she will live as an ordinary house wife and will have to wait on the pocket of her man before she gets money. Most of our beautiful girls that are found on the streets exchanging sex for money are uneducated. It requires a joint effort to remedy this problem. Our leaders must be ready and willing to give their all in order to deal with this matter as it has the propensity to destroy the future generation.
Parents have a vital role to play in the lives of their children. Support your children in their educational life, and to those parents whose children are not in school, do your best to put them in school. Keep your eyes on them and show more care because they will be your eyes when you go blind. This a short parable from me, meaning; in your old age you won’t be able to do much like a young person does, your child will be the one taking care of you. Do all you can to keep them in school.
Educate your child at home because it will help them to have good upbringing. I remember my Daddy (Mackins C. Pajibo) and I talking. Most of the time when I was growing up in to a woman I am today, he usually called me out in front of our house on the porch to talk for hours. These are questions he always asked; How are you feeling, do you lack of anything, do you want to buy something, he will keep asking. My mother and I hardly talked like that because she didn’t have time to talk with me that much but my Dad did. He always created that space for us to talk as father and daughter. And I think he did it because he wanted that connection between us, all those questions he asked were meant to see if I was lacking something that I needed. Even though he didn’t give me everything but he did his best to see that I never drop out of school. Everything wasn’t easy for us but he never shied away from his responsibility as a father. My father's earnest support and the support from my lovely family; Uncles, Aunties, Relatives and friends has really helped me to reach this far.
From the above mentioned, you will see that parents or guidance have great impact on their children like my father did with me. Your advice can be of help to them, never cease to advise them.
My name is Rozette Success Pajibo, Schooling at the Beijing Institute of Graphic communication. I am studying Mass Communication and Journalism. It was really nice sharing few thoughts of mine with you. Hope we can work together and build our country on a strong learning foundation, that the next generation can appreciate our effort in making this World a better place for them. History will always tell, let us work now that the coming generation can have reasons to appreciate us.
Editor - Zekey
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