Ellen Wants Textbooks on Citizens’ Education

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated the Ministries of Education (MOE) and Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to work with the Governance Commission to prepare the needed textbooks in line with the published Curriculum of Citizen’s Education of Liberia.
The Curriculum for Citizen’s Education is an academic tool prepared by the Governance Commission (GC) along with other stakeholders including the Ministry of Education and some experts.
The President’s mandate was contained in her statement during the 168th celebration of National Flag Day at the Centennial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.
Stressing the need for the circulation of the textbooks, President Sirleaf expressed hope that the expected books will be out by 2017 for use in various schools in the Republic.
She said as the new curriculum for citizen’s education has been prepared and presented by Governance Commission’s Chairperson, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, it is imperative that books containing detailed information about Liberia be available in schools to help transform Liberians’ behavior and attitudes in consonance with the curriculum.
She also added that as government embarks on the development of textbooks in line with the curriculum for citizen education, there is a need to train teachers that will present lessons.
She commended the Governance Commission and stakeholders involved in the development of the curriculum for citizen education and emphasized that textbooks to be published be different from previous ones.
President Sirleaf underscored the need to enshrine applicable human rights in the new books to allow Liberian students understand their rights and responsibilities to their country and government.
In her Flag Day message, President Sirleaf said the day should remind all Liberians about their duties to their country to develop the spirit of patriotism and unity.
She said the flag is Liberia’s identity which depicts spirit of oneness, and should be divorced of politics to be celebrated with one goal of national unity.
Speaking earlier, Mrs. Elizabeth Mulbah of the Governance Commission said the completion of the curriculum for citizens’ education is the first in the roadmap leading to national reconciliation under Vision 2030.
The curriculum for citizens’ education, according to Mrs. Mulbah took into consideration the rewriting of Liberia’s history and development of textbooks that will contain information about Liberia in line with activities prescribed in said curriculum.
She said the curriculum contains syllabi reflecting understanding of Liberian identities, families, governance amongst others.
The keynote speaker of the day, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, spoke on “Patriotism” and defined it in simple terms as respect for one’s nation and remembering those who contributed to national development.
He also stressed that patriotism reflects sense of national identity and willingness to promote one’s culture.
Describing the flag and relating it to its makers, Dr. Isaac said the seven women who made it demonstrated patriotism to their native country, stressing that patriotism must rely on visionary people who see what others do not see.
He said respecting and hoisting the flag shows love for our country and every Liberian should be proud of hoisting the flag.
“The flag should remain the national emblem and pride of our country,” he noted.
Dr. Isaac said history about the flag should be told to Liberian children and parents should attach importance to it to their children since it represents the pride of the nation.
Meanwhile, August 24 of every year is celebrated as National Flag Day and the Ministry of Education usually organizes a program, bringing together schools to carry on both outdoor and indoor activities commemorating the day.
The 2014 Flag Day celebration was suspended due to the Ebola outbreak which claimed over 4,000 lives in the country.
This year’s celebration brought over 10 schools together and four of them were recognized for their outputs.
G.W. Gibson High School took the first place in “eyes-right” competition during the street parade; Cathedral High School recognized for best drill; St. Theresa Convent came third for being the most well dressed school; and Muslim Congress took the place of well disciplined school.

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