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Last Updated Thursday, 03 September 2015

The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa's Moving Beyond the Classroom (MBC) Symposium has a primary goal: to expose both female and male students to actual opportunities beyond the classroom that will enhance academic performance in their studies. This is especially applicable to students due to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Examinations and other post-secondary assessment testing.  To gauge the level of seriousness the prospective attendees attach to learning, an open call is always put out via Radio, social media and Newspaper Ads, along with the posting of Flyers at Senior High Schools.

Through our MBC Symposium, we aim to build Students’ competitive disposition in order to have them seek to self-educate beyond regular school curriculum and most importantly, have them excel amongst their peers globally. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the information gathered at the Symposium; it is also made clear to them that this process also helps them meet GPFA’s scholarship criteria, hence the huge turn-outs. 

To date, more than a hundred and eighty (180) students in eight (8th) through twelfth (12th) grades have benefitted from two separate annual events; they all hailed from 13 of the 15 counties of Liberia.  Our MBC Symposium gives the participants the opportunity to interact with University Professors, Senior Military Personnel, representatives from the higher echelons of the non-profit world, Private Investors and other prominent Liberians. We have been fortunate to gather a stellar group of professionals who have been happy to share their own personal stories, so as to encourage the MBC Participants to always seek to empower themselves by remaining resilient and learning to be steadfast in pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.