The competition, which is being held under the theme: “Wake Up and Take The Right Action” with a Motto: “People! Our Concern”, was officially launched recently in the gymnasium of the Ford-Madden Christian Academy (FMCA), Smythe Road Community, Sinkor, Old Road. Mr. Watkins, the founder of WIN and financier of community quizzing competition, said though quizzing is about question and answer. He called on the young people of the district to ask the right question to get the right answer to why the district is lagging behind in terms of development.
He pointed out that District 10 currently does not have a public high school which should be a concern to young intellectuals in the vicinity. “Young people from this place would cover distances in search of secondary education either at Tubman High or at Paynesville Community School System (PCS) in Paynesville. We cannot continue on such a path. The intellectual minds need to Wake Up and Take the Right Action as our theme depicts,” Mr. Watkins averred. “For us at WIN we saw it very prudent realizing that the economic and developmental impacts of COVID 19 like all other health related diseases on Liberia and the rest of our world, which since resulted to the lack of school fees for many school going persons in our country,
we do believe such an event will help reunite and awaken those in school and out of school, thereby affording them the opportunity to share experiences through this academic challenge program. So we are glad to be here to launch the first inter-community quizzing competition,” Mr. Watkins noted. Earlier welcoming guests at the event, Emmanuel Dolo, Vice Chair for Administration of WIN, said the organization is hopeful of doing more for the students community of district 10 and the entire Township of Congo Town. “This is the beginning of series of activities we are about to undertake for in school and out school persons in District 10 and the Township of Congo Town,” Mr. Dolo noted.
Providing a brief history of WIN, Melvin Weeks, Chairperson of the Watkins Initiative For Nations said the organization with support from its vision bearer, Mr. Y. Solomon W. Watkins has been doing extremely well for the people of Montserrado County, particularly District 10 and communities in the Township of Congo Town since 2014. According to him, the organization has connected several communities to the Liberia Water and Sewer Cooperation (LWSC to increase the population access to pipe water supply services.
The distribution of several Anti- Ebola and Coronavirus assorted materials including buckets, barrels, drums, flayers, nose masks, stickers, cholera to protect residents against the diseases within 52 communities in the Congo Town Township, Rehabilitation of the Cong Town Back Road in 2017, aiding victims of fire disasters with zincs, mattresses, food and other non-food items; providing support to religious and academy institutions, sporting groups and institutions, supporting community watch teams, are among the many things done by WIN.
He further mentioned that scholarship and financial aid program for students crossed across, primary, secondary, junior High school, senior high school and universities in the country. He placed the total number of scholarships provided to the population to 25; while the financial aid (academy and vocational skills schools) amounts more than 50 persons. He also spoke of an ongoing sanitation program that is helping with development in District 10. Meanwhile, hundreds of well-meaning individuals and dwellers of the District 10 and the Township of Congo Town attended the inter-community quizzing commencement program.
Residents acknowledged the competition is the first ever in the history of the District and Township. Major stakeholders of the District pledged to work with WIN in ensuring that many of such programs are carryout for young people in the District and Township. Some expressed that it is time for Liberians to promote educational programs for youths of the country. Speaking during the program, Julius S. Nimely, Chairman of the District 10 Development Council assured WIN of the institution’s fullest support. He acknowledged that WIN has been doing so many things that tend to support development throughout the district and the Township of Congo Town.
According to him, if District 10 must develop it must involve people with innovation to help make the district progress. He praised the organization for organizing such a very important innovative educative program which has never taking place in the district except for school quizzing. For his part, Robert Bestman, former Legislative Aspirant of District 10 thanked WIN for organizing such quizzing competition in District 10. He pledged to work along with the organization in providing his contribution toward the program undertaken. “We saw the parade and now the organizing of this event is great. We pledge to work along with you Mr. Watkins and your team to ensure this competition is successful,” he stated.