The president of the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), Beyan Kota, has stressed the need for the government to include people with disabilities in the country’s general education system, ‘because it is cardinal to promoting them as well.’
Kota made the call recently when he served as the keynote speaker at the 13th graduation ceremony of Liberia Cooperative Standard Educational System (LICOSES), which was held at the Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
On December 23, 2018, LICOSES graduated 456 students in several disciplines; 13 students obtained associate degrees, while 19 others obtained a “C” certificate in education. The administration also honored 30 students for their ‘excellent academic performances.’
The event brought together educational authorities from the ministries of Education, Youth and Sports as well as family members of the graduates.
According to Kota, one of the best ways to change the country’s democratic governing process in the education sector of the country is for the government to care for its citizenry in spite of their status in society, something which he said requires a strategic leadership in education.
“Today leadership in Liberia holds the answer not only to individuals, to institutional regional and multi-sectoral agencies of government as a whole,” he said.
Kota re-emphasized that it is of great importance to identify basic principles in which leadership in education can impact the lives of ordinary people, including people with disabilities in the nation’s rebuilding process, that is by including them into the system, and to prioritize a specific role that they too will play.
He described leadership in education as a process that involves coordination through which a leader can control and influence the people to achieve a common goal for the benefit of all.
“Leadership in education is about consolidating individual experiences and talents to achieve human resource development as a common goal,” Kota said.
He said the role of a leader in education must seek to inspire and communicate the vision of every institution with the support of others, and identify task and constraints why supporting the leading process among institutional members, strengthening the relationship and foster mutual understanding of team members.
Kota then encouraged the graduates to become agents of change in education as they will serve the people and drive the country’s broken education system to a better one.
Moreover, he called on education authorities to consider themselves as methods, whose colleagues will look up to for new ideas and encourage one another about talents and values among instructional staff.
Tamica S. Tucker, a graduate said education must be used to develop people’s life daily for the common good of mankind, “but unfortunately in Liberia, education has taken a downward trend over the years, especially after the 14 years civil crisis.
Miss Tucker, a valedictorian of the class, said many Liberians have little or absolutely no love for the country, therefore, the behavior of people have impeded the progress of the country’s educational system.
She used the occasion to call on educational authorities from the private sector, including the Ministry of Education to take the necessary steps that will drive the educational system from what has been referred to over the years as a mess to the best.
According to her, if the future of Liberia must become better than what it is today in the sub-region, the educational authorities must start now.