Like him or not, President George M. Weah will be credited for offering youth the privilege to assemble at the table of governance with the golden opportunity to provide their insights in plotting a smooth trajectory for Liberia.
When President George Weah announced that he was making tuition free at all public colleges and universities across the country, I joked with friends that perhaps parents of kindergarteners and nursery-aged children needed to get their children onto the streets to protest for free tuition.
As Liberians continue to push for justice for the victims of rape at More Than Me, as we push for the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education to strengthen their systems, let us also consider our individual actions to ensure that children are protected.
Revelations about the systematic rape of girls in an NGO-run school reveal just how wrong charity work can go.
So, what exactly does this mean? What is a pro-poor agenda? If you’re living in abject poverty, illiterate, and don’t know where your next meal will come from, it might be hard to get behind a concept that stresses “macroeconomic stability.“
Not everyone has to serve as political leaders to contribute to the country’s development; there are many other fields that young people can still explore. However, when young people are elected to leadership roles in organizations such as LINSU, they must be prepared, independent, and intentional about creating change.
Many universities explicitly state that recipients of honorary doctorate degrees should not use the title doctor and just a handful allow it. For a former footballer and sitting president to use it seems both pretentious and tacky.
African citizens deserve governments that are responsive to their needs. Unfortunately, national governments – both in unitary and federal systems – are often too far removed from citizens to thoroughly understand what these needs are and how to address them.