|Liberia: 'I Made History'|
Source: The Africa Daily
Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Liberia says the establishment of the first 'Chinese Ambassador's Scholarship' in Liberia will be recorded in history as one of his greatest achievements in Liberia.
Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said the Chinese Ambassador's Scholarship was established in 2011 to help Liberian students tremendously enhance education cooperation between China and Liberia.
Speaking at a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for Chinese Ambassador's Scholarship and Chinese Enterprise's Scholarship at the Chinese Embassy in Oldest Congo Town, Ambassador Zhao said the scholarship process will continue even after his tenure in Liberia.
He maintained that no other ambassador can change it. The Chinese Envoy said the Enterprise's Scholarship was signed between the Chinese Business Association and the Ministry of Education of Liberia and facilitated by the Chinese Embassy.
"I am glad to inform you that until now, 217 students have benefited from the two scholarships, which is clearly an important contribution to the human resource development of Liberia," Ambassador Zhao said.
He said due to the success and positive impacts of the two scholarship programs in the country, they have decided to expand it to other institutions this academic year.
He named Cuttington University (CU) and the Liberia Dujar Technical College as the two institutions expected to be added to the list this year.
Zhao indicated that about 90 students are expected to benefit from the Chinese Ambassador's Scholarship this year, while 223 students will also benefit from the Chinese Enterprise's Scholarship with funding amounting to US$30,450 and US$100,000 respectively.
Also speaking, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai lauded the Chinese Envoy and the Chinese Enterprise for empowering Liberians, mainly young people.
Vice President Boakai said human resource capacity building is one important form of development.
However, the Liberian Vice President believes that the term, 'scholarship' is being misused in Liberia, as some of those obtaining the scholarship do not deserve them. "Scholarship is for scholars and should be given to scholars," he said.
He told beneficiaries of the scholarships to show gratitude to the Chinese Government and people through their academic works.
V.P Boakai wants young people to take advantage of learning opportunities provided by the Chinese and other partners.
For her part, Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh said the government and people of China have made significant impacts on the lives of the people of Liberia in a relatively short period of time.
Minister Tarpeh also told beneficiaries of the scholarships to attach importance to their studies.
"Going to China is important, but remember that what we get today is what will be expected of us tomorrow," Minister Tarpeh said.
Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe said there is no shortcut to achieving sound and quality education in any part of the world.
He told young people to ensure that the country's youthful population does not become a curse but rather a blessing to the nation by acquiring quality education.