By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has finally fulfilled its promises to the winners of the just ended Independence Day children extravaganza.
The Ministry gave out cash prizes to the various winners who participated in various competitions organized by the ministry as a means of celebrating the Independence with the children.
The competition includes quizzing, debates, spelling bee and singing among others, where the first winner of the debate walk away with US$200.00 and the second winner took US$100.00, the winner of the Quizzing walk away with US$150.00, while the second winner took US$100.00 among others.
The event which was held on July 25, 2018 on the grounds of the Ministry brought together several children in various competitions and was part of this year’s Independence Day celebration.
Making the presentation to winners Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the Ministry, Assistant Minister for Children and Social Protection, Maminah Carr said every year the Ministry celebrates the July 26 with children by bringing them together.
“Under this Pro-Poor government, we decided that just by coming together for dancing and eating were not just enough and that there was a need to add another form of program to this year’s Independence Day celebration,” Assistant Minister Carr said.
The Assistant Minister indicated that this year’s programs were not just educative, but it was also entertaining for children as well, thus, admonishing the Liberia School for the Blind who came second in the quizzing competition.
For their part, the beneficiaries expressed thanks and appreciations to the ministry and called on them to continue the exercise, because according to them, it helps bring out the hidden talents in children.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the Liberia National Children Representative Forum has called on the ministry to decentralize the activities so as to reach out to other children across the country.