By: Antoinette Sendolo (Intern)
In fostering girl’s education in Liberia, the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa has selected two female Liberian students to participate in the Council of International Educational Exchange Program (CIEE).
The program is intended to provide young people the opportunity to interact with other local and international students through educational and cultural exchange.
Speaking to a team of journalists in Monrovia, the Program Director at the Gbowee Peace foundation Africa; David Konneh said the selection of the students is part of the foundation’s effort in promoting girls education in Liberia.
He said the selection of Ernestine Vorlu, an eleventh grade student at the Effort Baptist High School and Norwu Harris of the Don Bosco Catholic School was done after series of testing and training.
According to the Director, Ernestine is to represent Liberia at the CIEE program in Spain while Norwu is also expected to represent the Country in Ghana.
He disclosed that the program which runs from June 26 to 27 of July amounts to US$7,500 for Ernestine in Spain, while the cost for Norwu in Ghana is about US$5,300. The cost will be underwritten by the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.
Meanwhile, the participants have expressed serious excitement over the selection carried out by the foundation.
According to them, the message of peace is what they are taking to the respective countries.
The students said they consider the opportunity as a life-changing one and allowing them to explore their God giving talents.
They then called on all young Liberians, especially girls to be determined and focused in pursuing their goals in order to help develop Liberia.
The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa is a new nongovernmental organization inspired by the personal and professional experiences of Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, a social worker, peace activist, and mother.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and facilitate activities and initiatives aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation through the holistic participation of local communities.
The Foundation envisions a peaceful and reconciled Africa that recognizes and utilizes the skills and talents of all, regardless of gender and ethnicity.