The Guest Speaker of the 8th induction ceremony of the LUX – IN – TENEBRIS Scholars Program, Del-Francis N. Wreh said without quality education, the society spirals into waste where ignorance thrives over wisdom, dishonesty becomes the widely accepted norms, and integrity and principle-centered decisions are second to disingenuousness.
Speaking on the topic: “Preparing University Honors Students for Sustainable Contributions to National Development he said, an advanced society is not only measured by the number of students that are admitted or have graduated from the university; it is not only the number of degree holders that are holding strategic positions; it is also not only the articulation and eloquence of the citizens; but by the level of effort which each student is required to invest while at the university, the quality of the instructions, and the technology/infrastructure that exist.
The Guest Speaker pointed out that these factors, must at all times, drive our desire and aspirations for preparing the next generation.Speaking on the Fendel Campus of the University of Liberia over the weekend, Mr. Wreh said: “We must detest any form of weakness and overt display of paper-made diploma/degrees to demonstrate our acceptance and preparation for the task in providing transformative leadership for the greater good of our society. The system for preparing our next generation must entail and instill the discipline for genuine success. It must be productive and matched by efficiency, reliability, creativity, and innovation,”
LIMPAC boss added that the education programs in Liberia must respect and reward brilliance and hard work over mediocrity and laziness; it must accept development of new ideas through an innovative and ingenious approach rather than suppression of freedom of expression of thoughts; it must support the best and deserving students but not let the weak ones unattended; it must encourage dissent, not disrespect to authorities and fellow colleagues; it must promote full utilization of the human mind through nonacademic programs.
“Our honors students coming into this program must show true colors of scholars, determine with a strong sense of responsibility, honesty, hard work and professionalism. This is only when we will see “the light at the end of the tunnel” or “the brighter side of life.” Anything short of designing a system that underpins the above aspirations and elements of a balanced and supportive education system will lead to chaos in the larger society,” he stressed.
The Liberian financial expert said for the honor students to make sustainable contributions to National Development; the Pro-Poor Agenda for prosperity & Development and other future development agenda, those within the government, academic community, and private sector must provide needed incentives for our students / scholars to rise up to the challenges of the academic environment and society.
The Guest Speaker warned the students: “To our honor students, your contributions to national development must not be skewed and hinged predominantly on your membership or relationship with the ruling party or a particular opposition political party.