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2010 VOF Week 3

Coming from a nation where the education of women has lately been prioritized by the national government, and the actuality yet to be realized the challenges are very huge for us the “fortunate ones”. I say the fortunate ones because in Liberia out of a hundred girls, fifteen is educated literarily. Since the incumbency of the first female president of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she have initiated several development plans like the Poverty reduction Strategy(PRS) Pillar 9, which seeks to promote the educational welfare of children, specifically girls, but yet to reach fruition since five years. With the government’s introduction of the free compulsory school for primary goers, the is still a need to do more, because the amount of government schools to host only inhabitants of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital is not more than 10.Pray tell me, how is that going to work with Monrovia hosting about half of the nations population. Another problem is the difficulty in finding like-minded colleagues that will sustain my initiative for change. Because of the high rate of illiteracy, getting along with my peers to have dreams come to reality is far-fetching. Yet another big trouble for me is the difficulty in getting people to listen and respect me, especially as very young person with such vision at a tender age of 18.Because of the societal behavior of people in my country ascribing honor and respect to people of age and status, it is still a great cost to overcome.

In spite of all these difficulties, here are still people in societies that I can count on to make my dreams come true. Of these people are, Malcolm Joseph and Mr K. Abdullai Kamara all of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) who on the daily basis give me advices and encouragement to remain focus in spite of all the hurdles. With these people as my mentors its is easy to seek community support and involve them in all of the activities (planning and Implementation).And finally the biggest joy of my life, being with friend all around the world that you have not seen but is interest in making you become the best of what ever you desire is actually a plus for me, because I’m going to reach my zenith at all cost.

Finally, like in the words of Martin Luther King Jr “I will overcome” because pulse wire has afforded me an interactive platform through which I can publicized my initiative for change, and criticized positively with out fear of repercussions. They’ve also given me an environment where I’m not going to be limited in my thoughts and actions.

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Tina's picture

No Longer Limited

Dear Tennen,
It is great to see a voice here on Pulsewire from Liberia speaking out for herself and for change in your community. I agree age should be no barrier to strong vision and passion and I applaud you for using Pulsewire as the platform in which to start publishing your thoughts, ideas and innovations. Here you are heard and you are encouraged. Keep it up.
Tina

Tennen's picture

Thanks

Dear Tina
Ireally appreciate been around you people.every time I log unto Pulsewire I feel that I am gradually getting to have my dreams come true.you women are great inspiration for me.Once again thanks.

Tennen

Tennen

Frances Faulkner's picture

Yes, you shall overcome

Tennen,

I can feel the strength, focus and conviction in your words of wanting to contribute and make things better for people in your country. You are thinking really BIG which is wonderful to hear, as that is the only way to make change. I love your positive attitude and working with mentors is absolutely the best way to go.

I wish you the best.
Frances

Tennen's picture

Thanks

Frances,
really appreciate your joy of seeing me bring change to my country.I truely have like-minded friends on Pulsewire that are ready to help me.
Thanks

Tennen

Tennen

akaneko's picture

Dear Tennen, I applaud you

Dear Tennen,

I applaud you for refusing to back down from your goals and vision for a better future. Working towards equal rights for all people has no age limits! Whether you are young or old, great ideas and a passion for change cannot be denied and others will draw inspiration from your work! Working together with your colleagues and mentors will only strengthen your movement.

I am glad that you have found a supportive environment like the one here on PulseWire - I hope you continue to express yourself and share your ideas with the rest of us. Together, we will all overcome!

Best wishes,

Alison

Tennen's picture

Thanks

Alison,

The joy that Pulsewire has given me is unimaginable.Really appreciate been with supportive friends like you

Thanks

Tennen

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