Education and thinking; A gateway to building a stronger nation

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I know someone is out there asking; “what is about education and thinking”?  My friend here I come to you with the answer that might not be the perfect one but it entails some details answers to your question. Education is the practice of sustaining learning, gaining of knowledge, talents, values, principles, and tradition and acquiring it involved different methods which include storytelling, dialogue, coaching, exercise, and fixed investigation. Education often takes place under the management of instructors, however, apprentices may also acquire it by themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any knowledge that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.

Thinking can be considered as the act of generating thoughts. Proving that thought is an ultimate human activity accustomed to everyone, therefore, there is no commonly known covenant to details as to what thought is or how it can be generated.

The fact is that thought triggers many human activities and collaborations, ranging from its fleshly and abstract heritages, methods, and effects has remained an enduring objective for numerous disciplines.

Thinking provides the humans with the ability to sort logic of, construe, characterize, perfect the ecosphere and make forecasts about what they experience. Hence, it’s indeed helpful to  human as a guiding tool for setting up needs, goals, wishes and as tool for  making the agenda  in the pursue of accomplishing every dreams.

In every region of the world and with every human, development starts with thinking and education. When the citizens of a country become positively thoughtful, they will become patriotic and educated and will be adequately informed about their government. Thus, their ability to monitor, investigate and make the government functions adequately and more pro-actively will become easy and the affairs of the citizenry will be considered as a priority by the government. Adequate information sharing and quality education are very much cardinal to the growth of any country.

However, this need to be put into a context so that its fits into the cultural dimension of a region or country in-order that the people who are perceived to be the ultimate beneficiaries can easily understand the methodological approach. Once you connect a new idea to what someone previously know, learning will become easy.

When a leader of any country provides quality education and build policies that are developmental friendly, transformation and growth will force its way into that country. The way you think influences your behavior and the way you behavior helps to direct your destiny. One of the core reasons for Liberia’ 14 years war was triggered by our thought patterns.

To the citizens in general, self-esteem, integrity and personal accountability should be the core guide in the quest for quality education. Building a social capital is vital in actualizing development. More coordination and networking among different kinds of professionals and sector is the bed rock and the road map through which ideas can easily be cross pollinated and solution can be found to those problems that existed before.

About the Author:

Francis Egu Lansana is a civil society leader in Liberia. He works for Accountability Lab Liberia. His passion for community participation, governance and development is inspired by humanitarian groups and the world leaders who strive for global stability. He studied Sociology and Political Science at the University of Liberia. He has written several articles including his recent article on “Media for Change Makers” published by Peace Journalist Magazine in the USA and other media institutions like the bush chicken and  heritage news paper.

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The Accountability Lab is an incubator for the world’s most creative accountability ideas. In Liberia, the team works with innovative people and organizations to develop tools- and the communities around them- that can make power-holders more responsible.

In paving the way to preach accountability messages, the Accountability Lab has trained a group of Young Religious Leaders in Liberia to help spread the message of “Religious contributions in the fight against corruption”.   This group is composed of Islamic youth, Christian youth, and other religious youth leading the way in spreading the message about religious tolerance and its impact on the growth of the country.

 

Liberia is a highly religious country, yet corruption is found in all sectors of the country. The Young Religious Leaders noted that all of the major religions in Liberia teach about tolerance and acceptance, yet this is far from the reality in Liberia. If Liberians actually lived by the word of God that they embrace so deeply on the outside, the economic condition of the country would be much improved.  The Young Religious Leaders understand that if they do not take the lead on preaching the gospel of accountability to their congregation, our suffering tomorrow will be more than what it is today.  Making Liberia better doesn’t have to depend on those in political power; rather it must start from us.  If we start to live the creed of our religions, we will have a better Liberia and everybody will change.

 

The Young Religious Leaders are based in Logan Town, a community in Monrovia with a population of about 20,000 inhabitants. 70-80% of this population are Christians or Muslims. Out of the total population of Logan Town, 60-75 % of the total youth population comes from low-income families.

 

Our Religious Tolerance Accountability Project does not aim to convert anyone to a specific religion. Rather, the goal is to make sure that all religious leaders understand the message of accountability and have the tools to effectively incorporate a religious code of accountability into their sermons.

 

 

 

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