Education Delayed, But Not Denied

Benjamin Menyongar is finally a high school graduate this summer. Now the 30-year-old from Cestos City wants the same for his three children after passing the West African Examination Council (WAEC) test.

Benjamin suffered through 14 years of civil war and was abused by rebels who forced him to work for them. It delayed his education and ultimate dream — to go to college in Monrovia. That is a particular difficulty for Liberains who live in rural areas, far from the city.

Benjamin returned to high school in 2005, walking four hours round trip. He persevered while studying in classrooms filled with younger students, and  also working in the fields at his farm when he got home.

“Brother as I’m telling you … if you learn you will never be let down,” Benjamin said.

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