LIBERIA: Proper Education on the use of Internet K-12 Grade Students; GAFL Chief Scribe Urges Gov’t
By Amos Harris
Girls Alliance for Future Leadership (GAFL) Secretary General Jamestta Flomo urges the government of Liberia to provide education on the use of the internet to K- 12 grade students in the country.
Speaking on June 16, 2023 at the International Day of the African Child, the ceremony was held at the AME Zion Academy on Benson Street in Monrovia.
According to her, June 16, each year is the celebrated around the world, African child is an annual event come into existence in 1991 when, the organization of African unity now the African union set aside the day to remember the 1976 massacre of over one hundred school kids in the township of Soweto in apartheid south Africa.
She said the day has been used to denounce injustice against children, Liberia has had its share of injustice against children especially the girl child, Girl Alliance fellow the AU focus in its celebration of the day.
The African committee experts on the rights and Welfare of the child theme for the DAC 2023 is, “The of the child in the digital environment” she said locally Theme for this year’s celebration is, “Creating a friendly digital environment for girls.” The world is now digitized by digital; I mean something relating to, using or storing data or information in the form of digital signals.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General calls for restrictive parenting which has the potential to place culpability on teenagers, ignoring the societal forces that are playing a major role in the internet chaos.
The government in most countries across the globe with the Liberian government as no exception only reacts to the wrong use of the internet in the face of danger to their power base.
We are calling on the government of Liberia through the ministry of education to ensure GSM companies in the country fund internet education for all Liberian teenagers especially the Liberian girl child.
According to Girls Alliance for Future Leadership, Secretary General, Ms. Flomo said the internet is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols, is now years since the world wide web.
She said the internet has its good, bad and ugly reality, even though there is little evidence that social media directly displaces meaningful interaction with close relational partners, the challenges of the wrong use of social media render significant consequences, she said.
For her part, student Jenny Addy Payre who is in the eleven grade student who represented the Cathedral Catholic High school said she was happy to be part of the celebration in Liberia, “as we celebrate this day of the African child, we need to focus on our education for a brighter future”.
Meanwhile, National Coordinator of the Girls Alliance for Future Leadership, Patricia Davies said the girls’ children are the future of any nation.
We call on all parents to educate their girl child or children, if the girl is educated, she will choose between good and bad for her Country and she will also be an ambassador for other girls, She said .