Deputy Foreign Minister Wants Students to Serve As Ambassadors

Deputy Foreign Minister Wants Students to Serve As Ambassadors

 Twenty-one young Liberians are expected to depart the country this week to under go studies in various disciplines in the Peopleís Republic of China. The scholarships were made available at the request of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. 
     Those selected as beneficiaries of the scholarships represent various Ministries and Agencies of Government including ten candidates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs, with five candidates each from the two ministries, while eight candidates are from the Ministry of Education and one person each from the Ministry of Labor, Bureau of the Budget and the University of Liberia.

     The Government of the Peopleís Republic of China recently awarded 21 scholarships for young Liberians to undergo studies in various specialized disciplines in China . An orientation exercise was held on Thursday, August 21, 2008, at the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exercise was aimed at educating the candidates on the scholarship program and their anticipated new environment

     Speaking at the orientation program, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation and Economic Integration, Mr. Conmany B. Wesseh, called on the beneficiaries of the 2008 Chinese Government Scholarships to serve as ambassadors of Liberia in their respective institutions of learning in China .

     Minister Wesseh also challenged the students to protect their characters and Liberia ís image. He made specific reference to the female candidates who are in minority, and urged the male students to protect their female counterparts in the diaspora, warning, there will be numerous challenges and temptations ahead.

     He congratulated the candidates and admonished them to remain united as one family while undergoing their studies in that part of the world. He noted that their selection among hundreds of candidates was a privilege and an opportunity to improve their human resource capacities. The deputy minister then encouraged the beneficiaries to work hard and return home with success, stressing, that the President and people of Liberia will be proud of their achievements.

     In brief remarks, the head of the scholarship students, Mr. Moibah K. Johnson, who was filled with joy, expressed thanks and appreciation to the President and Government of the Republic of Liberia for the opportunity accorded them to seek  studies abroad to enable them prepare for future challenges.

        Speaking on behalf of his colleagues shortly after the program, Mr. Johnson promised to use the opportunity to acquire knowledge for the benefit of Liberia . He promised that upon their return, the country will benefit from the experiences and knowledge that they are expected to acquire in China .