Government Clarifies Position on Traditional Schools
In the wake of media reports that the Government of Liberia harbors “secret plans” to abolish traditional schools (Poro and Sande) in the country, the Government has strongly denied such reports. Honorable Lewis G. Brown, II, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, made the clarification at the regular press briefing of the Ministry.
According to Minister Brown, “what is true is that the Government has approached traditional leaders to consider shifting the timing of the conduct of these traditional schools, used by many tribes over many years to prepare boys and girls to become better men and women.” The requested shift is to avoid conflict and interference with formal school periods.
The Minister pointed out that the Government values the role of culture in transforming the behavior and character of its citizens, and as such, has no desire to abolish the development and preservation of positive Liberian culture.
On the traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), however, the Minister was quick to assert that “the Government has also embarked upon serious consultations with the leaders of the female traditional schools of which relevant authorities have drawn urgent attention to the proven harmful medical and other psychological effects experienced and endured by those on whom the practice of FGM has been carried out.”
Minister Brown disclosed that while the Government has no intention to abolish traditional schools, aware that they intend to do more than the practice of FGMs, “the Government has a corresponding duty to provide formal education to all of its citizens, and to protect all citizens and those who reside within Liberia’s borders from practices that have been proven to have harmful effects on individuals.”
The Information Boss concluded that affording our traditional leaders the information they need through constructive dialogues and sustained engagements are “not intended to pass judgment on the value system of a tribe or group of tribes in the country, but to afford the adequate protection of all Liberians through education.”blog comments powered by Disqus