1 February 2013

Liberia: British Prime Minister Cameron Visits Elementary School in Monrovia

Monrovia, Liberia — On the margins of the Third Meeting of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda taking place in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron, escorted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Friday visited with students of the Anna F. Whisnant Elementary School in the PHP Community on Lynch Street.

The Elementary School, with an enrollment of nearly 400 students for grades one through six, falls under the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS). Founded in 1958, it is named in honor of the wife of a respected former General of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who established the school to provide education for children of the military and adjacent communities.

According to an Executive Mansion release, Prime Minister Cameron expressed his thanks and appreciation for the warm welcome he received from the students and school authorities. "What an honor it is to be here as the British Prime Minister with your President. She has done such a great job for you all here in Liberia," Mr. Cameron said.

He informed the students about the reason for his visit to Liberia - to take part in the High-Level Panel Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda as one of three co-Chairs. "We are here to try to work out what goals the world should set for tackling poverty, hunger, disease, and helping countries and people make the very best of themselves in the years ahead," he said, reminding the students that the last time this issue was discussed was 13 years ago when the Millennium Development Goals were formulated.

Mr. Cameron sought suggestions from the students about what they most want to see included in the recommendations for the new Development Agenda. Most suggested improved libraries, computers and improvement in the quality of education. Concluding the visit, Mr. Cameron said to the students, "You are the future of your country. The more you learn, the better your country will be."

Welcoming President Sirleaf and her honored guest to the school, Principal Augustus T. Seongbae, II, said the students and faculty were delighted to have been selected for the visit. "We are so touched today. We see his visit here as a blessing and an honor. We think it's going to remain in our minds all the days of our lives," Principal Seongbae said.

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