By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
Monsignor Dr. Robert G. Tikpor, Liberia’s oldest Catholic Priest was thrilled during the weekend when 10 pupils (beginners) graduated from kindergarten, a school named in his honor “The Monsignor Robert G. Tikpor Pre-School” located in Paynesville City.
The school was established in 2003 under the supervision of Rev. Fr. Ambrose D. Kroma, Parish Priest of the St. Kizito Catholic Church, the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and the School Board.
The graduation exercise which was the first of its kind after the school started its operation, brought together some members of the church; Fr. Tikpor himself, parents and guardians, a representative from the Catholic Education Secretariat (CES) and scores of community dwellers.
Addressing the audience as commencement speaker, Lofa County District #2 Representative, Fofi Saah Baima told parents and guardians that quality development depends on education, and that everyone should support a child to pursue quality education.
Rep. Baima reminded the parents that although Catholic education may be costly but it is the best. He also appealed to mothers and fathers to continue supporting their children so that they can be better prepared academically than the present generation.
The Lofa County lawmaker recommended that parents should keep their kids busy learning in order to face academic challenges while climbing the academic rungs of the ladder for higher education.
“We need to support these young people so that they can be better than us. I am interested in quality education, so I encourage you parents, the community, regardless whether it is your child or not; let us sacrifice to ensure that the children are educated,” Rep. Baima noted.
In a special prayer, Msgr. Fr. Tikpor asked God to bless the parents so that they may have the courage to support their kids in school. Fr. Tikpor also prayed to God for the students to keep the Christian faith and see their 4th and 5th generation. He expressed hope that the children would make their parents happy instead of bringing shame or tears to them.
For her part, the valedictorian of the class (Primum Genus 2013-2014) Miss Dexlyn C. Johnson thanked parents, staff and her colleagues for the amazing support and encouragement in preparing them for the future.
Little Dexlyn encouraged her fellow graduates to take their lesson seriously while they look ahead for a brighter future. She reminded the graduates to play less and study more. Miss Johnson however prayed that God would give her parents long life and better jobs to push her to a higher learning stage.
“As we leave kindergarten today, we ask our parents to take us to better schools so that we can complete the concept learnt at Monsignor Robert G. Tikpor Pre School as they continue to spend their money on us until we graduate from college. We will be leaders such as Presidents, Ministers, Lawyers, Bankers, Administrators, etc.” Miss. Dexlyn C. Johnson said.