Students from various universities and colleges here have made several suggestions aimed at improving the learning environment of students in Liberia.
Their suggestions were made recently in Monrovia during a one-day engagement dubbed “Youth Speak Forum 2019.”
In their suggestions to the government, the students call for the creation of avenues to provide vocational and technical education for young people that lack careers.
The students want government to focus more on the development of technological advancement of students in universities and colleges through the introduction of technology as part of their studies.
They believe that when students acquire these skills, they will have the opportunity to compete with other students in other parts of the world.
The students acknowledge that government cannot do everything for the student population here, making further suggestion that private companies and institutions operating here help the government to employ qualified young people.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General for Program at the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) Mr. Ernest Duku Jallah has argued that there are dozens of qualified young people who are in dire need of jobs.
According to Jallah, private entities can assist government by hiring their services, noting that the young people can actively contribute to the social and economic development of the country when they are employed by private companies and institutions.
He also urged young people to learn how to plan their future activities which would serve as a guide in achieving their goals.
The FLY official encourages fellow students to have a progressive mind set by supporting their peer groups to become successful in their future endeavors.
Jalleh notes that the country needs qualified students that will replace the older generation.
The Youth Speak Forum is an annual affair where students from universities and colleges and graduates meet to brainstorm on matters of national concern.
The national president of International Association of Students in Economics and Management (AIESEC) – Liberia Mr. Renijus N. Iweobi told reporters that this year’s forum was sponsored by the International Bank Liberia Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and another organization.
Mr. Iweobi says the purpose of the students’ engagement was to discuss the impact made on their lives since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was introduced by the former Government of Liberia.
According to Mr. Iweobi, graduates of at least 350 universities and colleges are serving as volunteers on various AIESEC sponsored projects around the world.
By Emmanuel Mondaye –Edited by Winston W. Parley