Education Minister George K.Werner has urged Liberians to make education everyone’s business, stressing that doing so will help transform Liberia’s educational system.
Minister Werner said everyone in the sector is anxious to seeing changes regardless of the numerous problems faced by the Ministry. However, he said with collective effort, including moral support positive changes are achievable.
Speaking to this paper on Thursday, 20 October at the formal launch of the “Light to Learn” initiative in Monrovia by musical icon Akon in partnership with Bridge International, the Education boss indicated that as the educational pilot has begun with government and international partners, he is of the strong conviction that with hard work, the mess in the educational sector will gradually be erased to bring out the best.
He acknowledged there are challenges in the nation’s educational system which his ministry alone cannot address, adding that with the efforts of every Liberian those challenges can easily be minimized.
He emphasized that the issue of light is also important towards Liberia’s learning because nowadays everyone lives in a global village, and whatever knowledge is acquired, understanding technology should be involved.
According to him, the partnership between Akon and Bridge International to help Liberian pupils in the learning process is highly welcomed, adding that with a strong conviction he believes that as it has started this way it will actually yield fruits.
He revealed that about 1.5m Liberian children are in school with 5,438 schools across the country both in urban and rural areas. Werner emphasized that pupils cannot be given access without having quality, saying even the five million pupils that are in the rural areas will not be able to have access because there is no light or power. He said the Ministry cannot give teachers computer knowledge in the absence of power.
He then called on Liberians to join him celebrate Akon’s educational initiative, as it will one day help to strengthen the country’s educational system. The chair of the Liberian Senate Committee on Education, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor said the “Light to Learn”initiative is an important program which has signed out with Bridge partnership schools and the private-public partnership program with the Government of Liberia.
Senator Taylor said such an initiative by international partners towards the educational system will help upgrade the learning process of Liberian pupils. She encouraged pupils from private schools to see this as an opportunity to acquire quality education, make new friends and get exposure thru their educational endeavors.
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne