EU Donates To Eight Local, Int’l Organizations In Liberia

The European Union (EU) delegation to Liberia Tuesday donated to eight local and International organizations and when she donated huge office equipment and other valuable materials at its Mamba Point office in Monrovia.
Beneficiaries are: National Teachers Association of Liberia, Me and My People Charity Inc., Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) and the Liberia Translation and Literacy Organization(LIBTRALO).Others are: KRITERION MONROVIA, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Handicap International and Sight Savers.
Some of the items includes but not limited to: Executive, managerial, senior and junior office desks, Computers and printers, office chairs, water dispensers, first aid tool kits, thirty two (32) inch television sets and many others.
The enormous logistics efforts have been supported by the many contractors and in particular by the IOM.
The move of the EU’s donation is to amongst other things help enhance the everyday life of the Liberian people especially the ones with still limited access to Education, Health, Sanitation, including those living in more vulnerable communities.
The donation according to the EU Ambassador to Liberia Helene Cave is customary especially when they closed the European Union Observation mission to Liberia after a successful climax of the just ended elections across the Country.
Speaking at the official presentation ceremony, the EU boss to Liberia praised the reputable organizations for a great job which they are doing in Liberia and hopes that the donation will further help improve their work.
Ambassador Cave pledged the EU’s continuous assistance to active, determine and effective local organizations that are contributing to nation building.She encourages them to do more in the best interest of the people of Liberia.
Madam Cave said she was pleased with the recent statement of President Elect George Weah when he stated that he will prioritize Education which she added is cardinal to the growth process of any Country.
“I believe that this donation will go a long way for your respective organizations as such please use it wisely” the EU boss noted.
Also speaking at the presentation ceremony was the chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Liberia Kabla Ahimere who termed the presentation as a historic one for the beneficiaries including the people of Liberia.
Kabla said he was amazed with the level of tolerance showed by the President elect including other Liberians during the just ended electoral period, this is commendable he to a gathering Tuesday.
He wants the people of Liberia to work together with the newly elected leadership to help more the Country forward.
He thanked the EU for reposing confidence in the IOM mainly the in the logistical component of the mission to ensure that it was a and rewarding fruitful initiative.
In a happy mood, the eight beneficiaries lauded the efforts of the EU for what they all considered a historic and timely gesture to them. They praised the EU for always coming to their aid.
The National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), for example, sees the donation as a relief to them especially when they are on the verge of completing their National Headquarters on 12th Street in Sinkor.
“This donation,” Mary Mulbah Acting President of the NTAL said,“is a welcoming one for them.We are completing our project and were wondering where to get office equipment and other needed materials from and with the intervention of the EU we are so grateful.”
The NTAL boss, along with the other seven organizations that benefited from the EU’s gesture, promised to wisely utilize the donation for its intended purpose.
They called on other International Organizations to follow the good examples of the European Union for the common good of the developmental drive of Liberia.
The delegation through its Program Manager on Education, Elizabeth Mary Lanzi Mazocchini and Laura Virgili Programme Manager of Governance of the European Union, minutes after the donation toured two of the offices of the beneficiaries to include the Me and My people Charity Inc. in the Township of West Point and the Headquarters of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL)on 12th Street in Sinkor.
The two EU’s officials commended the two organizations for a job well done thus far and encouraged them to do more for Liberia.
Elizabeth urged the beneficiaries to help safe guard the materials giving to them as she will do a routing check in the coming days.
The Election observation is a vital EU activity aiming to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law worldwide.
It also helps contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, building public confidence in electoral processes, helping to deter fraud, intimidation and violence.
Additionally the international body also reinforces other key foreign policy objectives, particular peace building.

Chinese Language In South African Schools and Universities; Soft Power Or Imperialism?

By Fredrick P. W. Gaye

 

It is becoming contentious if Chinese Language in African universities and schools is a tool for soft power of imperialism.

Forty-four schools across South Africa introduced the teaching of Mandarin in 2016.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said at the time that 27 schools in the Western Cape Province introduced Mandarin, the highest number in the country, followed by Gauteng (11), the Eastern Cape (three) and KwaZulu-Natal (three). She also disclosed that schools in other provinces will follow (Mail & Guardian).

The introduction of Mandarin in the public school curriculum is in addition to the establishment of Confucius Institutes (CIs) in the country. So far, there are five  CIs in South Africa, with the latest being the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI). Furthermore, the Pretoria Chinese School, established in the 1930s by the Chinese Community, teaches Mandarin from pre-school to grade 12. It is independent of Hanban, a Chinese state agency that manages CIs across the world

Why Mandarin?

China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner. “The trade volume between South and China has grown from 15 billion to about 300 billion United States dollar,” said David Monyae, co-director of the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI).

Speaking with a team of Africa-China Reporting Project journalists on November 13, 2017, at his office in Johannesburg, Monyae said that claims of imperialism undermine the growing cooperation between Africa and China. According to Monyae, China grows as the world’s second-largest economy. With this, he said people in countries, including the United States, are eager to learn  Chinese. “I can tell you that the highest number of Confucius Institutes is found in the US,” the UJCI’s co-director said.

Monyae dismissed as ill-informed insinuation that Mandarin will overtake other local languages, saying “it is not based on facts”. He said there are other languages by colonisers, like English, German and French that are not the mother tongues of Africans.

The UJCI, Monyae said, is not only established to teach Mandarin, but also to research on how China relates to the world, its peace missions, and people-to-people diplomacy, among others. With such a huge trade volume and still counting, Monyae stressed the need for SA and China to have a common understanding, also based on language and culture between them. “Africa-China relations is nothing new. But our argument remains strong, that you cannot deepen these relations without understanding each other,” he added.

Like its sister institutions, UJCI promotes the study of Chinese and an interest in Chinese culture. To this end, it  offers Mandarin courses for university staff and students, members of other organisations as well as members of the public; administers international proficiency tests in Chinese; and organises events and exchanges aimed at promoting an understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Ntombizondira Mathebula (Maureen) is a senior teacher, Gwala Nondumisa and Ngwenga Londiwe are young teachers at the Winnie Mandela Secondary School.

Winnie Mandela Secondary School is a state secondary school located at 9043 Mandela Drive, Tembisa Ext 24, Tembisa, Gauteng Province, South Africa. Besides English that is the major Language, three local languages include Sepedi, Tsonga and isiZulu are also optionally taught at the school.

The teachers spoke of the importance of introducing Mandarin in schools, which they say is an opportunity for many South Africans who travel to China. According to them, it will also increase the chance of South Africans getting jobs at Chinese firms as well as understanding the culture of the Asian country.

“People are concerned about Mandarin because South Africa hasn’t introduced any local language as a national language. It’s just that concern, but some think it necessary to know Mandarin as a language because, as South Africans, we travel a lot. And it is easy…and one feels comfortable knowing the language whenever he’s among those who speak the language,” Maureen said.

Among other things, Maureen said teachers or government cannot choose and so parents have greater roles to play in the introduction of Mandarin. “Let our Department of Education allow for parents to make the choice because it is their kids that are going to the face the world outside there,” she urges. Gwala Nondumisa and Ngwenga Londiwe expressed a similar view.

Mr. Eddie Kekana, principal of the school, said they are yet to introduce Mandarin in the school. He explained that the plan is good. He supports the SA Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) position that Mandarin should be optional and that local languages be treated equally.

Anton Harber, a journalism professor at Wits University, told Africa-China Reporting Project fellows that there is no evidence of imperialism as others claim. “The agreement to teach Chinese in South African schools is driven by investment and trade. Confucius Institutes were established in South Africa based on agreement of the two sides.” Harber also revealed that South Africa’s trade with China has grown and so teaching Chinese in the country is welcomed.

Erwin Pon, chairman of the Chinese Association of Gauteng, South Africa, in conversation of with journalists on Africa-China Reporting Project in Johannesburg on November 9, 2017, said that the teaching of Chinese Language in South Africa is in good faith, for Chinese and South Africans to understand each other’s language and and culture as well.

It was also gathered that Chinese teaching had started years back with Chinese migrants learning their language in South Africa.

South African-born Chinese, Mr. W. K. Wai Pon, told Africa-China Reporting Project journalists in Johannesburg that he went to Chinese school.

Angela Liu, Deputy Principal of the Pretoria Chinese School, said the school started as exclusive institution to teach Chinese children, but later opened to the general public.

 

Mandarin, colonialism?

Mugwena Maluleke, secretary general of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), told the Africa-China Reporting Project in Johannesburg on November 13, that the union stands by its early decision to oppose the prioritisation of Mandarin over local languages. He said the introduction of Mandarin in the curriculum is another form of colonialism.

South Africa has 11 official languages but English dominates politics, business and the media.

“The Chinese will continue to maintain their languages and culture, they are not going to be taught isiZulu, Tsonga and other South African languages,” the SADTU secretary general said.

Maluleke said the government is placing serious importance on Mandarin and it could downplay local languages and thus erode the local culture which is central to the identity of the people. According to him, South Africa is facing language problems caused by apartheid and colonisation and so introducing new language at this time without solving the situation would cause future problems for South Africa.

The Department of Education has made amendments “to the regulations pertaining to the National Curriculum Statement Grades R–12 to provide for the listing of Mandarin as a second additional language” (Government Gazette, 2015: 3).

“We will continue to campaign for education freedom, parents can choose any foreign languages for their children,” Maluleke added.

“…as an organization, we have taken an early decision, that look…for all of the foreign Languages, parents have the right to choose. We did not like this and did not agree upon it, when we saw our Education Department only prioritising the Mandarin Language,” Maluleke said.

Maluleke sees it as re-colonialism for a particular foreign language to be prioritised over local and other foreign languages in South Africa. He said South Africa is also trading with France and other countries and so there was no need to give preference to the Chinese Language alone. He also wondered why the Chinese are introducing their Language in Africa and they are not learning African language.

The Teachers Union’s SG was quick to note that they are not opposing any foreign language in South Africa as being understood in some quarters. Maluleke said: “They are not understanding our point. We are saying that, also introduce Mandarin in Zulu and other local languages. For example, Language is taught based on symbols and students can solve Mathematics in Zulu, once they don’t understand it well in English and other foreign Languages.”.

According to him, the problem is not with China, but individuals he referred to as the “elite” who want to enrich themselves at the expense of South Africa, adding that the policy was introduced ‘without our inputs’.

He said the Chinese have the resources and are going to invest, thus enticing government officials and school administrators; something he considers imperialism.

“While we do not oppose anybody learning foreign languages, we also do not want them to impose any language on our people. They should not use our policy, they should not use our platform to impose a particular language on our people. Let them also prioritise indigenous languages. We should be treated like any other human beings in the world,” he noted.

He said Africa is endowed with natural resources, thus becoming an investment destination for many countries and so this time, “it is about time to maintain our dignity”.

As reported by the Mail & Guardian, SADTU had announced its campaign against the introduction of Mandarin in schools immediately after government revealed the plan in 2014.

Starting from the decision to establish a CI, the Confucius Institute’s By-Laws state that there must be “a demand for learning the Chinese language and culture at the applicant’s location” (Chinese Language Council International, Constitution and By-Laws).

According to The Conversation Africa, British missionaries wanted to convert Africa’s indigenous “heathens” to Christianity; to clone little English people on the continent through the medium of English. Next came the Afrikaners, descended from the Dutch. Their slaves created a “kitchen” language out of Dutch and called it Afrikaans. White Afrikaners appropriated it as their own and it became the language of apartheid.

One of the tipping points of white rule was the 1976 Soweto uprising – a furious, powerful response to the news that Afrikaans would become a compulsory medium of instruction.

Liberian Female Journalist To Launch Book

A Liberian female and award winning journalist, Mae Azango, is expected to launch a book on November 26, 2017.

Mae made the disclosure Tuesday, explaining that the book, titled: “Voice of the Trumpetess,” tells the stories of her childhood, adolescent, youth and adult lives. “The book unveils my struggle with physical abuse, battle with psychological effects, story on my failed marriage, childbirth and many complicated stories of my life that many are going through today,” she said..

Mae noted that the book is focusing on how she started her life as a refugee in Ivory Coast when Liberia was experiencing civil crisis, how she was beaten everyday without any justice, how she was treated in the own home under the leadership of an elected president, her school days and how she made her way into journalism.

The Liberian female journalist said she had not anticipated being a journalist, but dreamed of becoming a hotel manager.  “The University of Liberia’s entrance and placement exams were already over the year I returned to Liberia. So I decided to kill time at the LBS [Liberia Broadcasting System] Journalism School so that I would not be carried way by the environment,” Mae maintained.

According to her, upon understanding the profession and how it allows one to expose ills in society, she created passion for the profession, thus paving the way for her to express the condition of the people in bringing transformation to their cases. “Knowing that pen was mightier than the sword and it helps shrift the destiny of the country, I started to love journalism and this is where it has brought me,” she said.

She continued: “When I found out that using my pen to address issues that were solving problems in my society, I said wow, instead of me stressing vain debating in the streets and at intellectual forums, I can just pen them on the paper, by going into the slumps communities and places where the marginalized groups are found and telling their stories for redress.

The Liberian journalist also indicated that her new book is not only going to explain her stories but also help transform the lives of young people that will read her stories. She said it will also help inspire and motivate lots of young people by boosting their spirit for life and take away barriers in achieving their dreams.

Mae emphasized that her book is going to impact the life of the younger generation in journalism, including girls who do not want to go to school anymore because of some situation or circumstances. She noted that it will serve as motivation to these women and their lives and that she might serve as a role model to young once who find themselves at the bottom line of poverty ladder and have given up hope in life, “If they read my book, they will say ‘if Mae Azango can rise up what is about me’ and my book will serve as motivator to them because what I went through is what young girls are still going through, they have no one to talk to them, but the way I handle mine, they can learn from my experiences.”

Meanwhile, Mae has urged young people, especially girls in the journalism profession to create name for themselves and a reputation to protect. She said being a journalist makes one a public eye and whatever he or she does should merit his or her way and be themselves, indicating, “Once you are a journalist, you are a public eye and you need to be careful with your body and whom you have a relationship with because you have a profession and a name to uphold.”

Mae is a Liberian and an international award-winning journalist whose pen-pushing has trumpeted the voices of the abuse and has forced the hand of the government out of inaction and continues to speak out for justice for the marginalized groups.

A Liberian female and award winning journalist, Mae Azango, is expected to launch a book on November 26, 2017.

Mae made the disclosure Tuesday, explaining that the book, titled: “Voice of the Trumpetess,” tells the stories of her childhood, adolescent, youth and adult lives. “The book unveils my struggle with physical abuse, battle with psychological effects, story on my failed marriage, childbirth and many complicated stories of my life that many are going through today,” she said..

Mae noted that the book is focusing on how she started her life as a refugee in Ivory Coast when Liberia was experiencing civil crisis, how she was beaten everyday without any justice, how she was treated in the own home under the leadership of an elected president, her school days and how she made her way into journalism.

The Liberian female journalist said she had not anticipated being a journalist, but dreamed of becoming a hotel manager.  “The University of Liberia’s entrance and placement exams were already over the year I returned to Liberia. So I decided to kill time at the LBS [Liberia Broadcasting System] Journalism School so that I would not be carried way by the environment,” Mae maintained.

According to her, upon understanding the profession and how it allows one to expose ills in society, she created passion for the profession, thus paving the way for her to express the condition of the people in bringing transformation to their cases. “Knowing that pen was mightier than the sword and it helps shrift the destiny of the country, I started to love journalism and this is where it has brought me,” she said.

She continued: “When I found out that using my pen to address issues that were solving problems in my society, I said wow, instead of me stressing vain debating in the streets and at intellectual forums, I can just pen them on the paper, by going into the slumps communities and places where the marginalized groups are found and telling their stories for redress.

The Liberian journalist also indicated that her new book is not only going to explain her stories but also help transform the lives of young people that will read her stories. She said it will also help inspire and motivate lots of young people by boosting their spirit for life and take away barriers in achieving their dreams.

Mae emphasized that her book is going to impact the life of the younger generation in journalism, including girls who do not want to go to school anymore because of some situation or circumstances. She noted that it will serve as motivation to these women and their lives and that she might serve as a role model to young once who find themselves at the bottom line of poverty ladder and have given up hope in life, “If they read my book, they will say ‘if Mae Azango can rise up what is about me’ and my book will serve as motivator to them because what I went through is what young girls are still going through, they have no one to talk to them, but the way I handle mine, they can learn from my experiences.”

Meanwhile, Mae has urged young people, especially girls in the journalism profession to create name for themselves and a reputation to protect. She said being a journalist makes one a public eye and whatever he or she does should merit his or her way and be themselves, indicating, “Once you are a journalist, you are a public eye and you need to be careful with your body and whom you have a relationship with because you have a profession and a name to uphold.”

Mae is a Liberian and an international award-winning journalist whose pen-pushing has trumpeted the voices of the abuse and has forced the hand of the government out of inaction and continues to speak out for justice for the marginalized groups.

 

 

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American Islamic Cleric Converts 22 Persons

By Mafanta Kromah

A visiting American Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Khalid Yasin, has converted 22 persons to Islam. The 12 males and 10 females willingly accepted the Islamic faith Sunday, October 22, 2017, after hear powerful messages from Yasin at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

In his message, Yasin exhorted both Muslims and Christians to stand together to protect their families, communities and their society Liberia and to let go vices and differences, stressing that Liberia is greater than vices and differences.

The American Islamic Cleric spoke of the importance for Muslims not to, in any way, forget the teaching of the Messengers: Prophet Mohammed, Jesus and all other prophets (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon them) that came on mission for God. Yasin was quick to remind that they all spoke about scriptures and Liberia needs to live by the scriptures.

“Islam is a religion of peace but the media opportunists have used their airwaves to misinterpret the religion,” the Islamic Cleric claimed. “This has led to the misconception of many about the religion, Islam.”

The born Christian turned Muslim Scholar encouraged Muslims and Christians to join together in heart, minds and hands to protect Liberia and should not allow the lower elements to destroy the prosperity of Liberia, “We ask the Almighty God to bless your land and its leaders and all other citizens to greatness.”

He noted that Muslims and Christians need to compete in behavior, in the investment of resources and compete with their faith to make Liberia one of the best and most beautiful and prosperous countries in Africa.

“It is not my job to defend Islam from those uneducated ones that are carrying misinterpretation about the religion, because a clean water in a clean glass does not need to be defended because the water can defend itself,” he noted.

He continued,”If you take a clouded, colorful and mixture of water in a glass near a clean and pure water of glass, the pure water of glass does not need to defend itself at all.” He said that is to say the Quran is clean and Islam is pure so it does not need to be defended by anyone, noting that Muslims and those that accept Islam also need to be pure.

Yasin emphasized that the “law enforcers cannot expect to be respected if they themselves are acting like the criminals, your government that are leading this country cannot expect to be respected if they are destroying the resources of your country and Muslims should not expect themselves to be respected if they themselves are misrepresenting the Quran and the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed (Pbbuh).

He said Muslims are not example of Islam but are humans, noting that true Muslims and Christians need not to defend Mohammed and Jesus (Pbbuh). “You all need to be grateful and respect the constitution of your country, if you want your country to be dignify, you need to lead your country with an example,” he narrated.

At the same time, Yasin maintained that the youth should go to school and get education. He encouraged the youth to get a life plan or someone else may plan for them.

He said Africans live in Africa but the key is in another people hands, indicating that if Africans want God to help, they need to change their minds and behavior so that Allah will help them ‘get the key of Africa back’.

“With education and dignity, we can get the Africa we all want. Thirty percent of the natural resources in the world is from Africa but the people of Africa are not concentrating or committed to handling the key of Africa,”

He cautioned Muslims to extend their hands to the Christians because they both deal with scriptures and Liberia and its people need to lead by the scriptures.

Sheikh Khalid Yasin, also known Abu Mohammed, is a born Christian converted to Islam. He has converted many to the Islamic religion and has traveled to many countries including Liberia to spread the faith.

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‘Remain Calm’!-Women Situation Room Cautions Political Parties & Supporters

By Abraham Morris-231886294820- abrahammorrisabrahammorris@gmail.com

The Women Situation Room (WSR) of the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) through its Establishment Coordinator, Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh, has cautioned standard bearers of political parties and supporters to remain calm and patiently await the collation, tallying and final results by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Addressing a news conference Monday, at the offices of the Women Situation Room (WSR), in Monrovia, the ABIC Establishment Coordinator said the WSR continues to monitor the counting, tallying and pronouncement of preliminary results.

Therefore, Cllr. Wureh reiterated that the phase of electoral process is as important as the registration, campaign and voting process, which has the propensity to derail the process and cause conflict.

The WSR appreciated the resilience and vigilance of the general public who called to report threats and incidence of violence which Eminent Women of the physical Situation Rooms in Monrovia and Suacoco were able to intervene in a timely manner in collaboration with NEC and the Liberia National Police (LNP).

She pointed out that the WSR is a women’s peace-building mechanism for the mitigation of conflict before, during and after elections in African countries.

According to her, the WSR mobilizes women in collaboration with youth to lobby and advocate stakeholders to support the call for peaceful elections.

She said the WSR is a non-partisan and neutral process that was initiated by the women in Liberia in 2011 with technical support from ABIC for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership, Development, International Peace and Security.

Cllr. Wureh said the WSR rollout a series of activities leading to the setting up of two physical situation rooms.

She said these included the setting up of a mini call center during voter registration; the talking bus which captured issues from communities in hotspots counties, the Youth Peace Torch, the  15,000 Women Peace March for peaceful elections, training for the Yanna Boys followed by the ECOWAS Youth Peace Summit.

As a result of its demonstrated effectiveness in preventing and mitigating election-related violence in several countries in Africa, the WSR was endorsed as best practice by the 2012 AU’s Gender is My Agenda campaign. The UN has also recognised the WSR as best practice in conflict and violence prevention.

The WSR is an initiative that mobilises, harnesses and taps into the expertise and experiences of women to act and mitigate potential conflict, leading to violence that could emerge before, during and after elections.

It empowers women and youth to play an active and direct role in peace and security efforts, and to engage in peace processes and conflict prevention mechanisms in accordance with UNSC resolutions 1325 and 1820.

The initiative was first used during the 2011 elections in Liberia, and has since been successfully replicated in Kenya (2013), Senegal (2012), Sierra Leone (2012), Nigeria (2014) and Uganda (2016), among other countries.

There were also plans to use it in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. The operational approach of the WSR is expected to differ in individual countries, allowing for flexibility to adapt to local conditions and dynamics.

Cllr. Wureh said owing to the several challenges confronted by NEC during these elections, the WSR recommended that provision be made for lighting in the polling places to ensure increase visibility.

She also recommended that a change in the dates of elections should be considered so that elections are held in the dry season thus eliminating the problems during elections in the rainy season, which adversely affect the ability of NEC to distribute ballots materials and staff.

Should there be a run-off declared, the WSR through its Establishment Coordinator recommended that NEC conduct as immediate training of polling staff due to the high percentage of invalid votes (7.2%), which as their observer reported, were due largely to polling staff inking fingers before ballots were deposited as well as inefficiencies.

 

 

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Bahá’ís To Climax Founder’s Anniversary

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Liberia is expected to climax the observance of the 200th bicentennial celebration of the birth of its founder, Bahá’u’lláh at the Boulevard Palace Hotel in Monrovia.

The Bahá’i Faith is the world’s fastest growing religion established in every country and territory across the globe with closed to 7 million believers. It is an independent world religion that teaches the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness of mankind.

Its founder, Bahá’u’lláh (The Glory of God), was born in Persia; modern day Iran in 1817 and declared Himself to the world in 1863 as the promised Manifestation for all religions and peoples of the earth. Here in Liberia, the Bahá’i National Spiritual Assembly was established since 1975.

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’is of Liberia in a press release issued in Monrovia recently, encouraged friends and everyone to investigate the healing message of Bahá’u’lláh for all mankind.

“Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’i Faith has brought teachings to unify the whole world; teachings that address the current situation of the world’s countless challenging problems,” said the release.

“Bahá’is are using the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh to offer service in communities they reside in through moral and spiritual educational programs for children, spiritual empowerment of adolescence girls and boys through mentorship and collective community worship for youth and adults,” the release furthered.

The Bahá’is Faith came to Liberia in the early 1950s and has taking root in all fifteen counties before the civil war through its popular radio programs (Radio Bahá’i) and community engagements.

Today, Bahá’is in most of these counties are very active, spreading the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh through religious and social activities and are all planning to host guests as they celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of The Bahá’i Faith in accordance with guidance from the Universal House of Justice (The Bahá’i World Center) on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel.

 

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Carter Center Forms Part Of Liberia’s History Making

Carter Center International Election Observation Mission Co-leaders to Liberia for the October 10, 2017 presidential and representative elections have expressed its excitement of being a part of the history making process which is expected to take place in the country.

It can be recalled that Liberians from all walks of life turned out in their numbers on October 10 to vote in an election that has been described as the first democratic transition to be held in Liberia after 73 years, thus handing power from one democratic elected president to another.

Speaking to reporters at one of the voting centers in Sinkor Tuesday, a member of Carter Center International Observation Mission, former president of the Central African Republic (CAR), H. E. Catherine Samba-Panza asserted that she was very happy to be part of Carter Center team to support the democratic process in Liberia.

“I am honored to join Jason Carter and Jordan Ryan in leading the Carter Center observation mission in Liberia. It is a very important mission for Liberia and Africa at large,” she said.

The Carter Center official further added that they had meetings with all of the political parties as well as civil society organizations, expressing hope that the process would be peaceful.

“Our hope is that Liberians come out to participate in the voting process so they can sustain the peace in Liberia,” she noted.

Also speaking, Carter Center Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jason Carter said his institution deployed its team members across Liberia including both local and international observers.

“We are excited about the day and we are in the process of bringing and collecting information, but it is very early in the day so we will not be able to make any statement about the process until few days after the election,” he asserted.

For his part, Jordan Ryan, Carter Center Vice President of Carter Center Peace Programs, said Carter Center is currently using electronic mechanics to collect information from various polling centers across the country, noting that they we will be getting real time report that will help them analyze the electoral process.

He asserted that Carter Center currently has 50 international observers along with the locals that are assigned all over the country to monitor, gather and give comprehensive information to the institution.

“As you know international observers are here not to say this and that, but more to talk about the process and that is what we are looking at very carefully,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Carter Center has disclosed that it will hold a press conference to release its preliminary statement and findings on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Monrovia to give more details on the electoral process.