When parents talk to their children about earning quality education and moral values, expect children to do incredibly well to bring pride to their parents, the community and the society. This is an exceptional and satisfying example of a native Liberian father from Gbarma Statutory District, Gbarpolu County in Western Liberia.
The case in point is Mr. Jah Gballey, an absolutely fantastic and amazing people-centered and traditional Liberian whose deep compassion and commitment to children’s education remained indisputable. The late Jah Gballey is survived by his wife Mrs. Mangbo Sando Gballey and eight children. He was the most devoted, affectionate, compassionate and loving husband and dad. His amazing story filled him and his family with pride.
Jah Gballey’s commitment to quality education for the Liberian youth transcended the responsibility to his children. He reached out to several other children, especially the ones who were thrown out of their classes for lack of school fees.
The distinctive story of this dedicated Liberian is recounted by his son, Mr. Arthur Bono Gballey, saying: “As a child, I vividly remember the many occasions when I saw my father using his hard-earned money to pay fees and tuition, buy learning items including text books, copy books, pens, and pencils for these children”.
My father was a caregiver in the Gbarma District; and the fond memories of his kindness have motivated me to keep his dream alive by reaching out to the youthful population, especially the under-privileged in the district whose parents cannot afford to pay the cost for their children’s education.
Just as my dad was warmhearted toward other children’s education, as a child born during the 70s in the Women Sande Bush in Yangaryah, Gbarpolu County, he was also very supportive of my educational interests, doing it with a deep sense of passion and commitment.
At the beginning of every academic semester, my dad would purchase my text books and other school materials. Because of my father’s educational commitment to his children, as well as to the children in his community, he not only paid our school fees and tuition, he encouraged us to take our lessons seriously. This was the secret behind my motivation and successes in school. For this, I am most grateful to God.
This exceptional story is such that upon earning my basic education from Yangaryah Elementary School, my dad arranged to move me to Monrovia to pursue my secondary education which was rewarded with a high school diploma and WAEC certificate in 1992.
My unique education achievement is not all about roses. I lived most of my childhood years on the farm where I was taught the dignity of hard work. As a child growing up on the farm, my first enrollment in school was at the age of 13, but the ego factor didn’t deter me from accomplishing what I knew was achievable.
As admiration and in memory of my father’s commitment to education, especially the underprivileged children in my Gbarma District, I am launching a Fifty Thousand Liberian Dollar (L$50,000) Scholarship Program to be managed by the Jah Gballey Educational Foundation (JAGEF).
The Jah Gballey Foundation, expected to be officially launched 2015, will seek to uphold the legacies of my late father’s dream to support the educational needs and promote moral values for the youthful population of Gbarpolu County.
Besides educational support, the Foundation hopes to embark on various programs to promote quality education, moral values, reconciliation, teacher-student relationship, people centered developmental programs, and the creation of an enabling environment where UNITY will be the trademark.