..Sets Up Local Leadership
The Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles-Liberia (CARP-Liberia) on Thursday June 16, 2017 launched its “Top Guns” program in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The project was launched following a two-day training conducted by the organization national leadership. The training was held on the campus of the Cuttington University in Suakoko in Bong County brought together over 30 university students as well as students from the Bong County Technical College.
The students were abreast with the CARP-Liberia activities as well as CARP International activities on the global scene.
At the launch of the Bong Chapter of the organization, CARP-Liberia President Ambassador Fofee B.W. Siryon, admonished students of the two institution of higher learning within the county to embrace the organization as their own and recruit more students to join them in order to implement the three goals of the program.
“Our three goals are spiritual renewal, new moral commitment and positive solutions to global injustice,” Ambassador Siryon said.
He further revealed that the work of CARP is volunteering, but there are lots of international educational opportunities for students to advance their studies and build up their careers.
According to him, CARP is an international student movement which believes that unificationism has the power to guide humanity in the search for solutions to the world's problems, adding that the organization has been involved with training young people around the world to be used as agents of change and foot soldiers of peace in society.
The peace ambassador disclosed that Gbarnga being the center point of Liberia, CARP-Liberia deemed it necessary to launch its project there before reaching other parts of the country. The Bong Chapter he added has become the first beneficiary of CARP-Liberia under his leadership as its president.
Amb. Siryon stated that the organization also focuses on character’s education; helping students to remain focused on their lessons, and public speaking and developing leadership skills among others.
He explained that the CARP program began in Korea in 1955, and was later expanded to Japan in 1964, and then to America in 1973 and it is now an established organization in more than 70 countries including Liberia.
The CARP-Liberia boss pointed out that the organization seeks to generate a new spirit of compassion, involvement and determination in the world's young people, by revitalizing their relationship with God and career development.
However, he said amongst CARP campus and community activities are the World Student Service Corps, which annually brings students to nations in need to work on a specific project for the benefit of that nation and for the education of the young people.
Ambassador Siryon noted for the past four years, CARP has sponsored CARP Convention of World Students, a convention for students from around the world to discuss issues of world peace and to celebrate the unique aspects of each culture through arts, sports, music and dance.
Meanwhile, local leaders were elected to spearhead activities of CARP-Liberia,Bong County Chapter at Cuttington University (CU) and Bong County Technical College (BCTC).
Pastor Abraham O. Kollie was elected as president of CU chapter, while David Gayflor was elected as president of Bong County Technical College (BCTC). Both presidents were elected along with their corps of officers to run the activities of the organization in their various institutions and other institutions.
CU, CARP president Pastor Kollie said his election as president is based on the quality he has to make things happens.
He said CARP’s goal and aspiration that has to do with the spirit of God, motivated him to quickly join to take the message forward.
The clergyman added that in order to build a nation, one has to give his/her life, so as such, he will do all he can do recruit as many as possible students to form part of the international organization to reach to others. “My target is to recruit about 300 members from Cuttington University alone.”
For his part, the president of BCTC, CARP David Gayflor said he will join with others to recruit over a 500 students from his university, adding that CARP`s work will be part of his daily schedule in order to achieve the goal of the organization.
Also speaking, the dean of men and students services at Cuttington University, J. Marcus Koiyan, commended CARP-Liberia for prioritizing Cuttington for the launch of its program.
He assured the national leadership that Cuttington, as one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning in the country, it will prioritize their activities on the campus in order to make students develop interest and become part of it in order to ensure change in Liberia.