By Antoinette Sendolo
Several vacation students from different high schools in Monrovia have started work at one of the oldest Newspapers in Liberia, the Inquirer Newspaper. Students who are part of the Inquirer vacation program were recruited from high schools across Monrovia including the Paynesville Community High School, Cathedral Catholic High School and the trumpet of Faith High School amongst others.
Speaking during the welcoming meeting of the Inquirer’s 2014 Vacation students, the Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Philip Wesseh, encouraged the students to be focused, noting that the vacation program is geared towards providing working experience for the students in order to get prepared for the employment market.
According to Mr, Wesseh the vacation program runs for a period of one month and students will be assigned at various offices at the Inquirer Newspaper in accordance with their interest in order to help build their capacities in their respective areas of interest.
The Inquirer Managing Editor further explained that the vacation program is not only for students who are interested in the field of Journalism but rather students who are passionate and ambitious as a means of exposing and providing them knowledge on the importance of working as a team in an office.
Mr. Wesseh added that it is expected that at the end of the one month period, the students will be prepared and able to relate to others in a working environment.
Meanwhile, the students have expressed excitement for being a part of the vacation program, noting that the program is an exposure for them as students something they said is highly appreciated by them.
In an interview with the students, 15-year old El-Mohammed Kamara, a 10th grade student of the Cathedral Catholic High School who hopes to become a mechanical engineer in the future said he feels proud to be selected among several others to be one of the vacation students at the Inquirer and expects to acquire basic writing skills and be able to cooperate with other colleagues in a working environment.
Also speaking was 12-year old Christiana Wandah, a 5th grade student at the Trumpet of Faith High School who wants to become a Medical Doctor in the future. She extended her heartfelt gratitude to the management of the Inquirer for providing her the opportunity to be a vacation student and promised to be focused and do her best during and after the program.
At the same time, high school graduate, Trokon Johnson, 20, of the Paynesville Community High School who wishes to become a Geologist also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity given him and added that his expectation for the program is for him to have computer knowledge and understand the workings of the Paper.
For her part, 16-year old Camilla Blankson, an eleventh grade student at the B.W Harris Episcopal High School who wants to become an Accountant has expressed interest in working with the Inquirer Cashier in order to get her prepared for her future ambition. Also the youngest, Boyce Augustaj Tarpeh of the St. Mary Catholic School on Bushrod Island intends to become a lawyer.
Addressing the students further, Mr. Wesseh said the Inquirer Vacation and internship programs are annual opportunity given to passionate and ambitious students to help them reach their full potentials.
He said the vacation program runs for a period of one month providing students the opportunity to have working experience and prepare them for the employment market. “The Inquirer has prepared several students through this vacation program which has made some past students current employees at the Inquirer while others have left to seek better employment,’ he said.
Mr. Wesseh said he was happy with the performance of many of those who benefited from these programs and are now on the national scene, both in the public and private sectors.
Among those who have benefited from the vacation school and internship programs of the institution, some of whom are on the national scene are Dr. Kimmie Weeks, Dr. Charles Ansumanah, Augustine S. Choloply (Cand. LLB), Varney K. Sirleaf (Bsc) Charles Yates, Hester Jackson (Bsc); Jennie Fallah, Matthew Wah (bachelor degree), James Kparqoi (Master’s degree), Winnie Saywah, and Gloria Voker (Bsc).
Others are Patience Blaye (LLB), Juah Geegbe, Webster Cassell, Alex Karvonzeal, Francis Pelenah (Bsc), Lovettee Waynawhere, Victor Hanson, Isaiah Koffa, Abu Kamara, Abdullah Kamara, Phi Dixon (LLB); Micheal Gebeh (Bsc) and Augustine Gebeh (BA).