‘Build modern libraries in all Liberian districts’

Mr. Willie says libraries will enhance education in Liberia

Mr. Willie says libraries will enhance education in Liberia

A US-based Liberian humanitarian and social justice advocate is calling on the government of Liberia to build modern libraries in all districts in the West African country.

In a release sent to Nordic Africa News recently, Musa Willie, founder and executive director of Education Care Africa, said it is sad that since the end of the civil war, the Liberian government has not been able to build a single modern public library in the country. Education Care Africa is a US-based 501C3 non-profit organization that helps provide logistics and safe learning environment for primary schools kids in Liberia.

Mr Willie noted that “according to the World Internet Statistics, released in 2014, only 8.3 percent of the country’s population has access to internet.

“Due to the high rate of un-employment in the country, families can’t afford to buy books for their children to do their homework and other research. ”

He said mere classroom instruction will not fully equip students academically but that  “reading contemporary books from various libraries will enhance their learning capacity significantly” 

Mr. Willie added that Liberian lawmakers who were elected to seek the interest of their districts continue to display total disregard for the plights of the people and added that “if the lawmakers of various districts in the country were concern about education by now, all cities would have had modern resource centers and playgrounds for recreation.

He also blamed the country’s education ministry for wasting millions of tax payers and donors’ funds on repetitive capacity building training programs and international travels that gave birth to a messy education system. 

Mr. Willie, who is also a popular social media commentator, called on lawmakers to advocate for extra budgetary allotment for the building of public libraries and to establishment of free after school programs in the country.

He also called on lawmakers to desist from using public money to provide scholarships only in their constituencies to the disadvantage of others who do not reside in those places. He noted that such behavior is totally unethical with the propensity to undermine the democratic level playing field.

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2 Responses to “‘Build modern libraries in all Liberian districts’”
  1. Emmanuel Payne, Jr. says:

    This is the kind of journalism that you called professional, right? You could have added these to give a more objective picture of the educational situation here under President Sirleaf: more than 1.5 million children in schools, more girls in school than at at any time in our history, over 500 young Liberians benefiting from international scholarships, over 50 new basic and secondary schools, Anyway, when you set out to write with a specific negative purpose, this is the kind of writing/story that is produced! Good luck!

  2. Massa Dopoh says:

    Emmanuel, sorry to disappoint your comment; I differ with you on everything. First of all, your figures given are not based on live statistics and facts but personal assumption. Secondly, we do not need to have over 500 young Liberians benefitting from international travels or mere scholarships when we have 85% iliteracy rate. In fact, most of your students do not even return to the very country to contribute or volunteer their services. They remained in these countries and make life easier for themselves. What we do need is government hiring professional professors with specialty in these areas to teach at the nation’s highest university for about four years. I bet you, within that four years, you will have thousands of Liberians living in Liberia, who will have a better education at the university and be able to teach the next generation after them. This same method can be used to improve our healthcare facilities and train our nurses and doctors or other health-related students. Great info and recommendation, Mr. Willie! Thanks!

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