Better Future Foundation, BFF, has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to reopen all learning institutions from kindergarten to university levels throughout the country.
In a statement issued in Monrovia over the weekend, BFF president, Rev. Augustine Arkoi, criticized the indefinite closure of schools nationwide by the government under the pretext of the fight against Ebola, according to him, while video clubs and other entertainment centers remain fully operational.
It added that such approach defeats the intents and purposes of the Liberian government’s declared war against the Ebola outbreak in the country.
He pointed out that the current approach by the Government in the war against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease without a well-defined containment plan, coupled with the abrupt imposition of a State of Emergency and a curfew being enforced by armed military and paramilitary forces are causing more harms than good to the country and its people.
BFF, in the statement, signed by its president, Arkoi, also called for reevaluation of the current approach being carried out by the National Ebola Taskforce, describing it as “reactionary” as it has made little or no tangible positive impacts in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.
“Government must reevaluate the State of Emergency and the Curfew and establish a clear roadmap in its fight against Ebola, otherwise the situation would create more unanticipated problems for the country,” BFF emphasized.
“The Closure of schools as well as placing restriction on school authorities from conducting registration exercises and prohibiting them from engaging in capacity building training for teachers and school administrators by the government is not a Smart Way of combating the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. We, as a country and people, cannot successfully eliminate Ebola Virus Disease in the face of mass illiteracy,” BFF maintained.
“Schools should not be closed while video clubs are operational. Instead learning institutions should be used to create more awareness and education in the minds of students from grade school to colleges and universities relative to the dangers of the Ebola virus and its preventive methods,” BFF furthered.
According to BFF, the halting of learning opportunities for students throughout the country is not only counterproductive to the fight against Ebola but also inimical to national growth and development.
BFF is a local-based NGO that is dedicated to the rebuilding of post-war Liberia; and promotes socioeconomic, international cultural understanding and cooperation.