Drinking shops top libraries

Many years ago, my late mother Ma Vonyee, told me one thing whenever I came from school-take your book to read. Do not go to play marble or football or go to night club. If you want to be a good man tomorrow, just read, read and read. When you read, you will learn new things that will help you improve.

She gave me the piece of advice because I used to love playing soccer, marble and at times, going to see people dance in clubs. After sometimes, I asked her this question:   Why are there many drinking places more than reading places-libraries? She   only answered: if no reading places, take your book to read.

Well, after many years, I have taken keen interest in this work and have decided to see if the story has changed.

But the plain Talk today is no.   It has, in fact become bad. Take a look around the city to see how many public reading places are there.  Not many.

This is sad.  Are you telling me today that we are a nation that only promotes drinking centers more than reading centers?

First of all, any country that does not invest in education, its future stand to be bleak. There are several reasons why there is  a need to foster  learning process.

The fact is, it is the key to the development of any nation, society and family.

In any country, when  citizens are educated, they  will be able to solve their own problem, have better knowledge of issues as well as the creation of awareness on social issues such as corruption, racism etc.

Few months ago, I went around to inquire why there were many drinking places opening in the  city as  against public reading places?

Many respondents  gave different  answers and made recommendations to national government.

That alcoholic  beverages were cheaper than  some school materials and  import tax levy  on raw material were very cheap.

More to that, there was no set laws or guidelines in establishing drinking centers or entertainment centers in the country. For some, they think if some of these laws do exist, they need to be executed to the later.

 Read this: Out of  twenty drinking  centers or entertainment centers counted, you will only, maybe  see one reading center or at times none.

Tell me, has the Ministry of Education  come out to conduct a survey on this-to know how many reading centers or libraries in the city?

As the saying  goes at times, education is  everything.  How does a small country like Liberia  run  well to become wealthy if  75%  or so of its citizens  are illiterate?  What is disgusting is, to see  youths in  these drinking  centers drunk. The Plain Talk is, it beats my imagination! Where are we heading?

I think  there is a need for the Education Ministry to come out   hard on school authorities and seek help from the Government in addressing these things. Some of those who perform well on dancing floor  at entertainment centers  do not even know their  subject verb agreement. Worse, to  solve some  simple  mathematical equations beyond algebra.

Take a look at Japan today. A country that  had  almost the same GDP with Liberia in the  1960s and 1970s can move up fast.  Not only that,  but it is a  country with (zero) natural resources, but a highly educated population and sophisticated county. Look, see  they are today  among  nations in terms of wealth. They are second to  the  United States.

Oh Liberia. We have  many resources, yet our people remain in darkness in terms of education. A shame that there are many  drinking centers more than reading  places. Where will the drinking centers do for this country? Simple answer. To help ruin our society.

In Liberia today, education remains a cardinal tool for development  and is  essential in order to achieve a stronger economy.

Also, Liberia needs  a good educational system to produce its own doctors, lawyers, engineers, and professors. Drinking centers will not produce these people for us, but will rather help to destroy them. This will help Liberia by  not importing professionals, the country will ultimately keep the money in its economy. For example, a Nigerian Doctor  working for a Canadian mining company in Brazil contributes more to the Nigeria  than  Canadian economies than he or she does to the Brazilian economy.

See, Cuba, such a small country has  many medical Doctors  today. Some of them  do not have jobs in their field of study but have to become taxi drivers  or so.

The plain Talk is invest in Education today and help discourage the establishment of drinking centers in the country.

Let us help promote  reading  centers and not drinking centers.

Until then, I see you next week.



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