Firestone Liberia Observes World Women’s Day
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (March 9, 2007)- Female teachers of the Firestone School System joined women worldwide in the celebration of International Women’s Day.
Participants at the International Women’s Day celebration at Firestone discussed the role of female teachers at the Firestone Senior High School.
Those who served as panelists during the discussion included: Munah Jallah, biology teacher and Vice Principal for Administration; Patricia B. Wallace, English teacher and Vice Principal for Student Affairs; Irene S. Kargbo, chemistry teacher; and Precious A. C. Barmadia, English teacher.
The female teachers addressed issues regarding how they work with others, the challenges of dealing with male students in the upper classes, and their strengths, weaknesses and plans for the future. The female teachers also answered questions from the program participants.
The women agreed their jobs are challenging, but were all self-confident in their performance of their respective duties. For Jallah, her job entails preparing the day-to-day activities, performing the administrative functions and serving as a liaison officer between the school and the Firestone Education Office.
Dwede D. Hoto, Superintendent of the Firestone School System, called on Liberian women to play a pivotal role in society by allowing their female children to attend school as a means of bettering their condition and contributing positively to national growth and development. Hoto used the occasion to frown on the female students who do not put time into their studies saying women have the same intellectual abilities as their male counterparts.
Further, G. Rufus Karmorh, Public Affairs Manager of Firestone Liberia, stated that violence against women and other forms of inhumane treatment must be halted. He used the occasion to call on Liberian women to continue to champion the advocacy for socio-economic issues as well as gender-related matters in Liberia.
Karmorh lauded Liberian women who play a leadership role in both the public and private sectors noting that “these women are role models.”
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 to advocate the rights of women.