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Liberia’s Telecommunications Authority Chairperson Madam Angelique Weeks, has urged students to live “Purpose Driven Lives.” She spoke recently at the first graduation exercise of the Liberian-Turkish Light International School.

“When you wonder about what your purpose is in life or why are you here? Your starting point must be with God,” Madam Weeks said, telling the students that God’s eternal purpose and incredible plan “for your life must come first.”   

Light International opened its doors in October 2006 with just two children in nursery, but it is said to now have over 500 students and a rich curriculum which includes international academic travel and science fairs.

The school is part of the Hizmet (Turkish for service) system, a transnational religious and social movement led by Turkish Islamic scholar and preacher Fethulleh Gulen.  The movement encourages interfaith dialogue, and is very active in education and has Charters and Private schools in over 140 countries.

The average class size at the International School on the Airfield is presently 24, and has bought property on the Robertsfield Highway where it intends to build a boarding high school and relocate from the Airfield location. There were nine graduates at the ceremony held last week at a packed Monrovia City Hall with an international audience reflecting the diversity of the graduating class.

Among the graduates, aspiring Bio Technician Whitney Boma Okujaga delivered the Valedictorian address and received numerous academic awards for her performance throughout high school. Other students had aspirations in diverse fileds, including Diallo Abraham, a diplomat, Morrinna Gbessagee, a fashion designer, Nedia Warner and Walter Dean, lawyers.

Others include Edwin Tucker, an I.T. specialist, Amadu Dukuly, a manager, and James-Flor Williams and Samuel Sandy businessmen. Both the Liberian and Turkish National Anthems were sung during the ceremony in a display of gracious unity.

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