Access Denied; Girls Higher Education


Minnie Wah wants to go to college.

But it’s more likely that as a girl she’ll end up in the local school in Cestos that teaches girls simple trades.

That school is right behind Cestos High School.

Forum for African Women Education is a trade school where girls go to learn skills such as pastry, tie-dye, sewing, and cosmotology.

“I have been in Rivercess from my birth but I have not seen any girl leave from here to go to Monrovia to attain university,” said the school administrator, George P. Gbagee.

Wah says most of the girls in Cestos are not serious about school, and the few who are serious do not have money to further their education anyway.

She said that she’s not even sure she can attend the trade school because of money. But if she is able, she’ll enroll.

“Life is very difficult for me but no matter what, I will try because I do not have anyone to help me, especially to go to school,” Wah said.


About Kindness Nehwon

Kindness Nehwon is a multimedia journalist working at the Liberia Media Initiative in Monrovia, Liberia. More