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.