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Besides Providence, no one exactly knows who will win October’s elections in which dozens of highly venerated Liberians of different ages and persuasions have put themselves forward for the mantle of leadership.

Among them is MacDella Cooper, an endowed young Liberian, whose vision is a Liberia loosed from the manacles of setbacks said to be caused by mere selfishness and self-elevation by past and present leaders only interested in building bridges for themselves and cronies. As The New Republic, the presidential aspirant thinks it is now high time for a rejuvenated Liberia prepared for the next generation.

Those whose actions hindered and underpinned Liberia’s progress and Liberians’ advancement in education and other areas are of life referred to as ‘generational destroyers’ bent on advancing their individual causes.
Madam Macdella Cooper, a presidential hopeful in the ensuing elections, has bemoaned the state of her country and the conditions in which the present generation of young people wallows, and said it is high time Liberians said ‘enough is enough.’
Seeing herself as game changer and advocate of neglected generation of Liberians, she also bemoaned the fact that previous generation of Liberians only took interest in creating opportunities for themselves, while others left undone.
“We had a previous generation building their own bridges to success without looking ahead for the next generation; they left them with nothing because you don’t have the same name like me, I am not going to lead you to success, because you don’t have the same tribe like me, I am not going to help you get to the bridge, because we don’t look like me, you are not going to get to me,” Madam Cooper remarked.
She spoke Wednesday at the official closing program of the MacDella Cooper Foundation Academy at the American School in Old Road.
She told an upbeat and inspiring crowd of mixed-age Liberians that enough was enough and that someone needed to rise up in this nation, noting “Our young people should not pay the price for our mistakes; our young people, we all as nation, are responsible for them.”
Without attempting to brag of what she is doing in the lives of young Liberian children, she reckoned her role trying to mode the minds of the younger ones whose parents lack the means to provide them quality education.
In her calculation, it would be disingenuous on her part to sit and watch the future generation go down the drain, saying “in my young years, I have taken a responsibility to give a future to our generation that they deserve.”
“They did not come into the world on their own; we brought them here, it is our natural God-given decision; how I will be a part of a generation of my country and abandon them.”
In a rather prophetic tune and perhaps based on her vision as her presidential hopeful, she told the gathering of parents that “Liberia is going to be a great country.”
“In this country in the coming years, we will see innovation, technology in education; we are going to see an increase in literacy; we are not going to see unemployment in this country; we are going to see young people off the streets and a well-educated Liberia; I cannot call myself an educated Liberian woman, come home and see my generation uneducated, brothers don’t have jobs, and my mothers are dying in child births.”
Inspired by her convictions and consciences, the youngest of the presidential aspirants believes young people have the wherewithal to do better than others have done.
“I want to see every child of Liberia do better than me because it is every generation’s responsibility to leave a better arrangement in the world for the generation coming after. We had a previous generation building their own bridges to success but when they looked back at the young people, they said I don’t expect you to do more than me and they broke those bridges down and expect the young people to keep starting over and over again,” she observed.
Liberia is struggling to find a plain path through which this present generation treks to achieve its goals and objectives.
She wondered how possible it could be to turn her back on the generation she is part of and the country proud of, stressing “how will I be a part of a generation of my country and abandon them?”
Ambition still alive
Madam Cooper told reporter later that she will be part of the electoral process and that her name will be on the ballot.
Her statement was in response to the Court’s ruling against her in the case brought by the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD).
Former standard-bearer and political leader of the party, Jonathan Mason, took Madam Cooper to court for impersonating as standard-bearer of the party without any formal arrangement.
Now that the court has ruled against her, she said she respected the decision and will not challenge it.
“I will contest the elections on the ticket of another party; this is Liberia,” she said in response to reporters’ inquiry, although she fell short naming the new party in the making.
The academy
Located in Charlesville, Lower Margibi County, the MacDella Cooper Foundation Academy is a boarding school committed to changing the lives of young Liberians through the provision of sound and quality education.
In the country with messy education system, performances of students shed light on the school’s determination to make it huge difference.
Evidence of the Academy’s outstanding academic performances were seen in the different skills the students demonstrated.
A mesmerized audience stood on the edge of their seats as the students displayed skillful cultural performances, dramas as well as bands, perhaps the first in Liberian elementary school arrangement.
About fifteen students who performed so excellently in their academic works were recognized, while the administration promised to introduce award programs for achieved students in the next academic year.
Launched in December 2010, the Foundation Academy is a non-for-profit institution dedicated to providing quality services to underprivileged children and women of Liberia.
As its objectives, the Academy was established to transform the lives of less-fortunate children, break the cycle of poverty by providing quality education, good healthcare, good shelter and clothing for abandoned children.
“It was established to also help create a middle class between the poor and the rich and to help refashion to redesign the minds of young people that were traumatized during the civil war,” it is said.
With about 80 students during this Academic year, the school is gradually expanding its classes.
Presently at 9th grade, the school will be adding 10th grade in the coming school year, the Founder announced, and informed parents whose children made a pass to 10th grade that will remain in the school.
She thanked teachers and staff of the entity for the excellent work done in the cause of young Liberians, adding that it is meaningless to have a vision without the technocrats to do the job.

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