5 February 2013

Liberia: British PM Meets Elementary Students

British Prime Minister 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 in Monrovia.

The elementary school, with an enrollment of nearly 400 students, is public school under the supervision of 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 as well as those in adjacent communities.

An Executive Mansion release quotes Prime Minister Cameron as expressing 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 that he was in Liberia to participate in the High-Level Panel Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda as one of three co-Chairs.

PM Cameron: "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."

The British Prime Minister told elementary 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 want to see included in the recommendations for the new Development Agenda.

The release said most of the students suggested improved libraries, computers and improvement in the quality of education.

As he ended his visit at the elementary school, this is what he told the students: "You are the future of your country. The more you learn, the better your country will be."

Welcoming President Sirleaf and her guest to the school, the Principal of the school 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," Mr. Seongbae said.

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