Stephen G. Fellajuah
Liberian educators over the weekend described the education sector of the Country particularly the early childhood component as a national emergency that requires a holistic and comprehensive redirection of national program and policy to enable young Liberians compete with their peers in the sub-regional body of Africa.
Remarking at the six graduation ceremony of the Standard Kids Preparatory School System, They disclosed that the poor state of the national early childhood education program is a national emergency, stressing that the situation is posing serious threats to the education foundation of the young children.
Apostle Dr. Lincoln E. R. Cummings Senior Pastor of the Victory Christian Church and educator, and Rev. Andrew S. Fayiah Principal of the Standard Kids Preparatory School System (SKIPS), spoke emphatically that there is a need for the national curriculum to be upgraded with more programs and other early learning skills to help strengthen the foundation of the younger generation.
“We are calling on the government of Liberia to take appropriate actions in addressing the problems affecting our national early childhood education program. The Standard Kids Preparatory School system believes that high quality education and care for less fortunate and under privileged young children is crucial for the development of Liberia, the whole child and the future adult”, they emphasized further.
Dr. Lincoln E. R. Cummings said that special attention needs to be given to the grassroot education sector of the country. He mentioned that it is a national educational disaster to have a faculty educational foundation which has the potential to cause low reasoning and thought processing.
“We are limited by what we know because nobody can climb beyond the knowledge and information we have to our disposal, therefore we can achieve anything beyond that. Secondly, we are limited by the strength of our character because our character can not be hidden. Lastly, we are limited by the principal, standerd, and value which we are building in our life” Dr. Cummings noted.
Meanwhile, he urged parents and the national government to design policy and programs that will enable grassroot children to be on par with other neighboring countries in the sub region, pointing out that information, integrity help our children’s academic foundation.
For his part, the Principal of the Standard Kids Preparatory School System ( SKIPS) located in Logan Town, Rev. Andrew S. Fayiah said due to the poor status and emergency situation of the country education sector particularly the early childhood area, he was motivated and compared to organized the Standard Kids Preparatory School System to offer quality free education for the children.
After many years of remarkable achievements, he said the education system of Liberia is still faced with many challenges as the nation’s struggle for a better education system for the children, especially in quality early childhood education.
Speaking further he urged parents, and hardworking staff of the institution to continue to give their time to the development of children’s education in the country.
The Standard Kids Preparatory School System held its six closing and graduation ceremony which was graced with excitement and joy as kindergarten students displayed brilliant skills and speeches.
SKIPS is an early childhood learning center based in Logan Town, Vicky Spots that is primarily focus on strengthening the capacity of the younger generation.