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Title:Problems and Conflicts in Liberian Education: A Road to National Peace
Author:Azango, Bertha B.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:population composition
ethnic groups
educational policy
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:It is generally believed that all groups migrated from outside the boundary of what is now Liberia. However, the heterogeneity of the Liberian society was not utilized in establishing and moulding social, political and economic institutions. The fact that there are 17 ethnic groups, including the descendants of the 'immigrants', is well known. But the history, social structures and cultures of most of these groups were never a part of Liberian education. The trans-African, traditional, schools are consistently denigrated by trans-Atlantic immigrants, and missionaries alike. Monopoly of political and economic power by the trans-Atlantic immigrants, and their intransigence in denying the trans-African immigrants equal opportunities, provided a significant dimension to the ethnic conflict. Education will have a crucial role in the establishment of stable and durable peace. However, the formal school system is designed on the American pattern and is characterized by a high dropout rate. Amongst other measures, as a national policy, in order to ensure that learning is meaningful and productive, local languages should be used as a vehicle in the beginning grades of school to make a smooth transition to English in areas where this language is not prevalently spoken. Bibliogr.