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Transitional Justice Boss Urges GoL to Invest More in Education

The Chairperson of Alliance for Traditional Justice (ATJ) hascalled on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to invest more in the educational sector if the county must move ahead in its developmental agenda.

According to Mr. Jeremiah S. Swen, more need to be done in order for the children of Liberia in the educational sector so as to make them feel part of decision making process in Liberia.

He spoke recently in Sinkor, Monrovia when he served as guest speaker at the fund raising program ofan organization under the banner “Education Transforms Lives Foundation” (ETLF) in Monrovia.

Swen said, if the nation must break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, there is an urgentneed for decent education culture driven by policy and not politics.

He noted that the pattern of harnessing fear into students and breeding ghost town on campus is not helping thenation; rather it is purely darkening the recovery path and destroying the nation’s image by creating distrust among donosr, while at the same time undermining the intended investment portfolio needed to consolidate and expand the economy.

“There are many challenges confronting students when it comes to education in Liberia. The worst war to befall Liberia is the declaration of political and violent oppression by uniform state security on uniform students,who only seek quality education to defeat poverty, ignorance,disease hunger and underdevelopment,” said the ATJ head.

“We gather here after a period of careful reflection knowing the foundational flaw that undermines the holistic recovery of Liberia, the need for education cannot be overly emphasized. The element of the civil war has created a visual cycle of violence, drug abuse ,sexual exploitation and abuse and the unorthodox pattern of mock justice. We don’t want this in our society anymore,” he asserted.

For his part, the Chief Executive Officer of ETLF, Mr. Elovis Dixon, said the purpose of the program was to raise money to support the educational agenda of the country most, in the rural parts of the country.

Dixon noted that the organization is currently working in six counties in Liberia through its education and health program in order to help buttress government’s efforts in the provision of good education and health delivery.

“We have visited several communities in and out of Monrovia where the education condition is not really looking good for students of Liberia. We are in Bomi, River Cess, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Sinoe and Montserrado Counties,” Dixon disclosed.

“So far, all of the counties we have visited, we have seen some students sitting on the floor, and this is a complete mess as being described in our educational sector,” he added.

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