Bassa Youth Congratulate Ambassador Weah

first_imgThe Gianda Youth Development Association (GIYODA) in Kpogbahn Statutory District No.4, Grand Bassa County has congratulated Ambassador George Manneh Weah for clinching  what they called ‘a volcanic victory’ over his contenders as senator-elect for Montserrado County with over 99,000 votes during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections in Monrovia.The president of GIYODA, William ‘Olu’ Diggs made the statement over the weekend, on behalf of his association in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in the district.According to Mr. Diggs, his association applauds Amb. Weah’s victory because of his leadership ability, knowing that the soccer icon will help to adequately steer the affairs of the country toward a better future.He prayed that God will bless Mr. Weah to succeed and achieve his vision, dream and aspiration for the presidency in the 2017 general and presidential elections.Mr. Weah deserves to be congratulated because according to Diggs, he is a sound leader who can ably represent and deliver the political goods that will transform the living standard of the people of Montserrado County.He pointed out that his association pledges its fullest support to vote Mr. Weah to victory because of his national and international experience.Diggs is requesting Mr. Weah to visit their district at his convenience because the people of the district are eager to hold discussions with him about burning issues mainly to pre-petition Amb. Weah for the presidency come 2017 general and presidential elections.‘’We are aware that you contested for the presidency twice and did not succeed, but with our strong prayer and massive support you will surely become a victor in 2017’’, the GIYODA president assured Mr. Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

March for Our Schools Rallies for Adequate Funding and Equal Opportunities

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMaryland leaders, teachers, parents and students rallied in Annapolis to advocate for adequate funding for schools and to ensure that all students in each district have access to proper education and tools necessary for learning at the March for Our Schools on March 11.According to the March for Our Schools website, Maryland public schools are underfunded by $2.9 billion annually, which averages to about $2 million per institution.Maryland leaders, teachers, parents and students rallied in Annapolis to advocate for adequate funding in schools.  In this photo, Prince George’s County Council member Tom Dernoga and Board of Education member Edward Burroughs pose with Benjamin Tasker student Shelemiah Griffiths-Johnson. (Courtesy Photo)“Our kids can’t wait. Students, educators, and schools deserve better.  So on March 11 we’re marching to make sure that every student in every neighborhood has a great public school and an equal opportunity for success,” the March for Our Schools website explained.Some of the more specific issues that marchers hope to address from taking action include: “Better pay for educators. More school staff, including counselors and psychologists. Universal pre-kindergarten and expanded career technical education. Adequate and equitable funding for all of our schools,” March for Our Schools wrote.According to NBC4 News, many leading Democrats are asking for $1 billion in the state budget over the next two years, with much of the money being allotted for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).There were several leaders, students, parents and teachers participating from Prince George’s County.Parkdale High School’s publication, Parkdale Paw Print, tweeted a video of representatives from the school chanting, “We want funding.”Andrea Chavez, a student at Oxon Hill Middle School spoke at the rally and was featured on NBC4 News.“The number of the students receiving special education services has only increased noticeably.  We need to increase funding supporting these students, because right now, it’s not enough,” Chavez said during the rally.Prince George’s County School Board Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton spoke specifically about equal funding when interviewed on ABC7 News about the March for Our Schools.“Our children are a result of where the mail is sent,” Thornton said. “Those in low-income communities are around inexpensive, less valuable property- receive one level of education.  Those on the other end of it receive better education.  You don’t get equal citizenship under that.  Democracy is undermined.  If we fund equally across the board, we get good citizens.”last_img read more