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Liberia: Liberian student to attend confab in US

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A one-week conference on the topic: "The education of girls in the developing world" begins 25 September in New York.

21 September 2006 - One of Liberia's finest female students, Ms. Moriah Yeakula, a 2005/06 graduate of the St. Teresa Convent High School in Monrovia leaves the country this Friday for the United States of America.

She is expected to be accompanied by Ms. Myrline Keculah of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Ms. Keculah has been working with girls over the years.

Ms. Yeakula will join other personalities from several countries around the world to participate in a one-week conference on the topic: "The education of girls in the developing world," which is being sponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN). The conference begins on Monday, 25 September 2006 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

In an interview with Ms. Yeakula, she said the conference expects her to discuss the topic in 10 minutes from a student's perspective.

Along with Liberia, distinguished educators from EL Salvador, Pakistan, the Palestine Territory, and Uganda are expected to take part in the discussion which will be moderated by a renowned TV personality.

The US Under Secretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky will open the conference while UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman will make remarks.

The panel discussion will run for about 2 and half hours followed by 3 or 4 'breakout' sessions to discuss specific issues related to the topic.

Ms. Yeakula, a former student council president of her alma mater, will address the conference giving her background, interaction with her fellow students and make recommendations on how girls education can be improved in the developing world

The program is expected to be worthwhile as Ms. Yeakula along with other conferees will visit two other states; including Detroit and Tennessee to observe the differences in the two American regions both in their geography and how people's life styles vary as compared to New York City.

Ms. Yeakula whose ambition is to become an economist and corporate lawyer is expected to return to Liberia at the end of the conference to continue her education at the Cuttington University.

Meanwhile Ms. Yeakula says she feels very great to represent her country at such an important conference that will gather people of diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the world. She extended her many thanks and appreciation to the Almighty God, USUN, the US Embassy in Monrovia, her beloved parents (Mr. Lawrence Yeakula and Ms. Helena Bedell), friends, loved ones and the St. Teresa Convent family.

She used the opportunity to call on her fellow students to take their lessons very seriously, and to always hope for the best in future; adding "today is my time but tomorrow might be theirs."

She however admonished them to prepare for the time they will be called on to serve their country because as she added, "it will take the services, hard work and patriotism of every Liberian whether big or small to help rebuild war-torn Liberia."

Source: The Inquirer (Monrovia),


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