What Happened to the Teaching of Civics in our Schools?

first_imgAt the start of this administration, authorities at the Ministry of Education announced that it would be introducing civics or citizenship education in our schools within a year. This announcement was greeted with applause throughout the society. Every national policy document on reconciliation and healing, and on building national cohesion — including the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development — has stressed the importance of introducing the teaching of civics in the Liberian school system. This is important for any development initiative as well as for building unity among Liberians.Liberians do not have a strong sense of citizenship with the proper understanding of the rights and responsibilities that should come with it. We fight each other viciously, we often think it is the responsibility of other countries to develop our country, so we are always appealing to donors while we squander our own resources. We lack a sense of patriotism. All of this can be traced to the fact that we do not see ourselves as one people, and we do not emphasize the fact that as Liberians, we have responsibility to develop ourselves and our country.Recently the Ministry of Education announced that significant progress has been made by students, who took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, a type of standardized test. The Ministry of Education must be applauded for this initial achievement. However, this achievement is just the beginning. It has not turned our educational system around but it is a step in the right direction. Even when students succeed in passing the WASSCE, they do not automatically become good citizens.They have to be taught to love, value and contribute to their country. They need to know about their government, their local communities and the richness of their culture. They have to have instilled within them the values of accountability, the importance of participation and respect for each other and their country. They must be taught to own their country, believe in it and work tirelessly to make it better.Our airwaves are filled with hate speech being spewed out by government officials and others. We seem ready to do anything to bring each other down. Our streets are littered with garbage. Both government and citizens need to develop a sense of civic duty and civic pride, to know that we can disagree without cursing out each other and engaging in violence. We need to know that the development of the country is the responsibility of government and citizens and that we must keep each other accountable. We need to determine together what are our national responsibilities and obligations.There is an irony in that fact that Liberians are now debating the question of dual citizenship when the majority of our people may not even know what it means to be a citizen. So what has happened to civic education? We urge the Ministry of Education not to renege or delay any further in introducing civics in all of our schools.Scenes captured on Tuesday, October 15, showing protesting public students engaged in stone throwing battles with the Police and also attacking their own facilities, as well as learning institutions, should be considered instructive for the immediate introduction of civics in all schools to be declared a national exigency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United step up Ronaldo pursuit, Akinfenwa would ‘snooze’ Costa and Liverpool latest – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are on red alert amid claims Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to leave Real Madrid next summer. The Red Devils are facing competition from French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain, while Real would demand a new world record fee of £90m for the superstar forward. (Daily Mirror)?Centre-back Phil Jones is on course for a return to the United first-team against Sunderland on Saturday after ending his month-long battle against a blood clot in his calf. (Daily Telegraph)The Red Devils are also showing an interest in promising 18-year-old defender Jerry St Juste. The young Dutchman has caught the eye of club scouts in action for PSV Eindhoven. (Daily Mail)Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is thinking about sending 20-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi out on loan in the January transfer window. (Het Laatste Nieuws)AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has admitted the club settled for signing Reds flop Mario Balotelli on loan when they failed to capture Swedish frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic from PSG. (Daily Star)AFC Wimbledon man mountain forward Adebayo Akinfenwa has claimed he would ‘snooze’ Diego Costa if the pair ever squared up on the pitch. (Daily Express)Tottenham are keeping a keen eye on Red Star Belgrade teenage sensation Luka Jovic, with Spurs scouts making regular checks on the 17-year-old striker since last season. (Daily Mail)Bournemouth manager boss Eddie Howe believes Cherries’ star striker Callum Wilson is ready for the international stage and will recommend him for an England call-up. (Bournemouth Echo)Sheffield Wednesday want to sign Sunderland striker Danny Graham, 30, on loan and are prepared to cover his wages as part of the deal. (Sunderland Echo)And here are some of the top stories on talkSPORT.comLiverpool transfer report: Barcelona tipped to make move for star man Philippe CoutinhoExclusive – David Seaman: ‘I feel embarrassed as a footballer’ about Arsenal’s Gabriel’s sending offRennes star speaks out about reported Arsenal and Liverpool interestRonny Deila confirms former Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole in line to join CelticDavid De Gea will not receive compensation from Real Madrid over failed Man United exit, insists president PerezLeeds United transfer news: Will Buckley to join on loan from Sunderlandlast_img read more

IPL 2016: When George Bailey felt he was hit by a truck

first_imgAustralia’s George Bailey felt like he was “hit on the face with a truck” when a Nathan Coulter-Nile bouncer knocked his helmet off in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. (Match Report | Highlights)In the seventh over of Pune’s reply, Delhi paceman Coulter-Nile, who made his Australia Twenty20 debut under Bailey in 2013, banged in a short delivery that deflected off his former skipper’s top-edge and smashed into the grille of the helmet.The violent impact caused the tumbling headgear to partially disintegrate as it rolled wide of the stumps. (Still not in a bad position: Zaheer on DD’s playoff chances)’HIT ON THE FACE WITH A TRUCK'”I think those watching on TV would get a better picture of it than I do, because what I sort of remember is me getting hit on the face with a truck that was pretty quick,” Bailey said after his team’s 19-run victory.”But, I was pretty glad to have one of those new helmets on.”Last week, Cricket Australia decided to make it compulsory for players to wear helmets against pacemen following a review into the death of test batsman Phillip Hughes, who died in November 2014 after being hit in the head by a bouncer.Coulter-Nile was seen apologising to his former captain while Delhi fielders also inquired about Bailey’s condition.”A couple of them were disappointed that the helmet hadn’t rolled on to the stumps,” Bailey said with a smile.”But, most people were just checking on me and how I was.”advertisementlast_img read more