Liberia is a country endowed with great talents and potentials but developing these talent remains to be seen. Realistic programs are not put in place for rising up visionary and focused leaders who will have a clear understanding of their mission, vision and purpose for life, family, business and country. Above all, young people, including leaders, in Liberia have not developed attitudes of total surrender, loyalty and patriotism to mama Liberia.
Most young people, including leaders, in Liberia are driven by greed and lacked vision. Many of them are satisfied with the status quo and do not long to take their leadership somewhere, break new grounds and conquering new worlds.
Many young lives in Liberia have been sentence to a life time of insignificance. Countless number of young people in our country today are focused and consumed with trying to make ends meet that survival is their primary preoccupation. They are so enmeshed with survival that the thought of making their lives count does not even cross their minds. They will rather be led than to be the leader. They will rather follow than be the one to give direction. They would rather consume than be the producer. Consequently many young people in Liberia live a tragic life, passing through life without registering any appreciable impact.
Liberia, during the early 50s and 60s was known as the center of western education as others looked to her as leader, and the young people of those days desire to learn because they put on not only national thinking but regional and global thinking and as such many of them took on jobs on the international stage and left indelible marks. But today, many in Liberia have not put on such thinking. Many are satisfied with the status quo and do not long to make an impact on the local and international stage. The high number of foreigners employed with international non-governmental organizations, the United Nations system and foreign companies in Liberia are proofs of what I am saying.
During one of my surveys conducted in 2009 in Nigeria and in Ghana, about 98% of Liberians that schooled in the above countries had intensions to work for the government of Liberia after they shall have finished their studies but what many of them failed to understand is that government does not create jobs but the private sector does. The same is true for many of the young people that have schooled here in Liberia. This is one reason why many, in most cases, are disappointed and frustrated when the jobs are not given them because they have become too dependent. They lacked self-will and determination. They failed to use the power of their imagination and creativity. This attitude has made many of our young people lagging behind their counterparts in other parts of the sub-region when it comes to creativity and having the right information.
Friend, right information leads to knowledge and knowledge in return gives one the power and with power comes the ability to do all things that are necessary and within one’s reach.
Today in Liberia, many young people leave school without having any training in financial literacy/money management let alone training in career development. Hundreds of educated people in Liberia pursue their profession successfully, but later find themselves struggling financially. They work harder, but don’t get ahead. What is missing from their education is not how to make money, but how to spend money-what to do after they make it.
Even though many in Liberia have become successful in their careers for I believe education with action is a foundation for success, but better still sophisticated education is needed most for young people to succeed in the world that awaits them after their graduation. Many of today’s young people in Liberia before leaving high school have never had a foundation on money management and so are not prepared to face the world that awaits them. A world in which spending is over emphasized over saving.
I believe therefore, that young people, including leaders in Liberia need new answers. They need more sophisticated education but the current educational system is not delivering the goods and how can it teach a subject it does not know? This is one reason why many in Liberia spend their entire life savings on things that are worthless - spending almost all of their life’s savings on night clubs, having no foundation for the future and this is also one major reason for our staggering national debts - having leaders who know nothing about money management and/or financial literacy.