The Rector of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Rev. Fr. Atoo Williams has frowned on the constant habits of many Liberians who find pleasure in believing in everything they hear without verifying the facts through reading or research.
Rev. Atoo cautioned every Liberian to be focused and get involved in more reading to have them informed on events as they unfold, not only in Liberia but globally.
The Episcopal Clergyman made the remark recently when he addressed the certification and farewell ceremony of eleven vacation students following their job training at the African Development Association (ADEAS) in Monrovia.
Rev. Atoo said, “Many Liberians do not get involved in research works; they do not read, but accept any information as they hear or see it without background checks or verifications.”
The Rev. called on the vacation students to learn and acquire the best education and to engage in more reading and writing. He also admonished the students to utilize the skills acquired at ADEAS.
Dr. Mosoka Fallah of Harvard University who also graced the occasion commended the students for putting in their time during their stay at the institution.
He also appreciated ADEAS for affording young Liberians the opportunity to get involved in research works and for the level of assistance rendered the students; something he believes will also contribute to the development of the country.
The Executive Director of ADEAS, Agnes Kormon, expressed satisfaction for the splendid performance of the students.
According to her the entire program was designed by the students and from every indication, the students could do greater things when given the opportunity based on the performances while executing their duties.
Madam Kormon reiterated that ADEAS will retain for further training three of the students who had just graduated from RICKS Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia.
A representative from ADEAS Board of Directors, Prof. James Kormon, said he was equally impressed with the performances of the students and the Board is prepared and willing to train students who are willing and have interest in doing research woks.
He further commended all the vacation students and researchers at ADEAS for assisting the vacation students.
While on job training, the students were afforded the opportunity to acquire knowledge on community profile, the various types and stages of research works, as well as an overview of the eight (8) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).