At Inter-high School Debates, Ngafuan Raps Liberian Students

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has called on Liberian students not to only rely on classrooms lessons, but to get involved with extra-curriculum activities.Such activities, according to Minister Ngafuan, will include students’ participations in intellectual debates, drama, speech deliberations, amongst others.Minister Ngafuan made the comment when he delivered a keynote address at the Centennial Pavilion on the theme, “Building a Scholarly Character in the Liberian Student,” at program marking the launch of the Inter-High School National Debate.The ceremony brought together representatives of over 30 high schools and other institutions of learning across the country.The ‘Mock debate’ held on the topic: “The Importance of WAEC before and after Graduation,” was organized by Building Emergency Leaders Firm, Inc. under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (MOE).“My acceptance of the invitation is informed by my belief that the institutionalization of the culture of debates among high school students by no less than the (MOE) is a record breaking accomplishment that will go a long way in solidifying the foundations of education and intellectualism in our country and transforming many a young person from mediocrity to excellence; hence, I could not afford not to be supportive of this transformation initiative,” Minister Ngafuan declared.Quoting from a phrase of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, Minister Ngafuan informed the students that no country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.Therefore, he said, education or proper intellectual cultivation is not only acquired within the rectangular walls of a classroom, but comes from years of positive socialization and conditioning acquired from different sources; experiences and places.Earlier, the organizer of the debates, managing partner of BEL Firm, Chupee W.G. Howe said, the Liberian civil crises rendered its educational opportunities scarce.As such, the government through the MOE established as its goal the provision of equal access to education opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources, regardless of age, disability, and gender.According to Mrs. Howe, despite all of MOE’s efforts, the educational system is confronted with numerous challenges particularly with the issue of retention; the dropout rates as well as overage students.To address some of challenges, she said, her organization designed a new and system of education that would involve debates and intellectual activities bringing together the student populace.Students who participated in yesterday’s ‘mock debates’ included Hector G. Toe, Celine Gray, Gifty E. Kordor, Israel Samuels, Romena Dennis and Amos Holder.Officials of education including the Deputy Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi and Assistant Minister T. Wilson Gaye were among the guests that attended the ceremony.Others in attendance included the ambassadors of Cameroun, Beng’Yela Augustine Gang, La Côte d’Ivoire, Kapieletien Soro, Ghana, Kojo Asimeng Wadee and Guinea, Alhaji Abdoulaye Doré, and a representative from the Nigeria Embassy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Messi’s disappointments with Argentina

first_imgWidely considered one of the greatest players ever, the Barcelona star is still looked upon unfavourably by many in his homeland compared with Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986.Messi turned 31 last week and his best chance of ending Argentina’s 25-year wait to win a major tournament may now be gone.Here, AFP Sport looks at Messi’s biggest disappointments with Argentina.World Cup 2018Messi’s World Cup got off to the worst possible start when he missed a penalty in Argentina’s opening game, which ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw with tournament debutants Iceland.He was then largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that put Argentina on the brink of an embarrassing group-stage exit.Messi did ride to their rescue with a superb opening goal to help squeeze past Nigeria 2-1 to set up the meeting with France.But despite setting up two of his side’s three goals, Messi could only watch from afar as 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe exposed Argentina’s fragile defence by scoring twice and winning a penalty in a seven-goal thriller in Kazan to announce himself as a potential successor to Messi as a global superstar.Copa America Centenario 2016Not prone to showing his emotions, Messi sobbed uncontrollably after blasting his penalty over the bar as Argentina lost a second Copa America final in as many years in a shootout to Chile.In the aftermath, with emotions running high, Messi announced his retirement from international football on the back of three final defeats in three consecutive years.“I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion,” Messi said at the time.What might have been: Lionel Messi reacts to losing the 2014 World Cup final to Germany © AFP/File / ODD ANDERSENLess than two months later he reversed that decision. “We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside,” he said.Messi almost single-handedly carried Argentina through a troubled qualifying campaign, but that ultimately only delayed another bitter disappointment.World Cup 2014The first of those three final defeats came on the biggest stage of all and by the finest of margins in Brazil four years ago.Messi scored four goals and converted his spot-kick in a semi-final shootout against the Netherlands to lead Argentina to a first World Cup final in 24 years.However, at the end of a rare injury-plagued season at Barcelona, he was limited to short bursts of energy to try and change games and ultimately ran out of steam in a 1-0 extra-time defeat by Germany.Messi had one great chance that he would normally bury on his left foot that slipped just wide, but even winning the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament did little to dim the pain of getting so close to the holy grail of following in Maradona’s footsteps.World Cup 2010Fresh from being crowned as the world’s best player for the first time, Messi arrived in South Africa as the star attraction of a top-heavy Argentina under Maradona’s management.Diego Maradona consoles Lionel Messi after Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOEarly on, the Albiceleste’s sheer firepower proved too much as they eased past Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in the group stage before beating Mexico 3-1 in the last 16.Messi failed to get on the scoresheet, but was still pulling the strings for Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.Yet, Maradona’s lack of tactical nous was finally exposed as a young Germany side that would reach its peak four years later ran riot 4-0 in the quarter-finals in Cape Town.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Another day to forget: Lionel Messi’s last chance to win a World Cup may have gone © AFP / Roman KruchininSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi suffered more World Cup heartbreak with Argentina on Saturday, unable to match France’s firepower in a thrilling 4-3 World Cup last-16 tie.Messi only scored once in Russia and is still yet to net in the knockout stages of a World Cup.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Show Greater Levels of National Responsibility

first_img Director of the Fi Wi Jamaica Project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, is appealing for citizens to show a greater sense of national responsibility, noting that this is key to addressing social ills.She argued that there is a direct correlation between civic pride, national responsibility of citizens and the urge to speak out or take action against deviant behaviours.Professor Hamilton said the project has been playing its role in sparking discussions around the obligation of each citizen towards the development and safety of Jamaica.“We have been using our organised conferences and training sessions as platforms from which to impress upon participants the necessity for every individual to play his role to create the Jamaica that he wants to see,” she noted.She said that when questioned about who owns Jamaica, participants had a number of varying answers that did not include themselves.“This sort of perception that Jamaica belongs to other groups or entities significantly contributes to the abdication of responsibility that has become prevalent, and we see it in the lack of bystander intervention in instances where individuals face varying levels of injustice,” Professor Hamilton pointed out.She cited low voter turnout for elections as a manifestation of the waning levels of national responsibility.“The time is right for all of us to recognise the role we play in militating against the abuse of our fellow citizens and upholding moral standards as a nation for the greater good of all,” Professor Hamilton said.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, implemented in 2015, works to address domestic violence, human trafficking and intolerance within the Jamaican context, designing strategies to help stem these issues. Story Highlights The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, implemented in 2015, works to address domestic violence, human trafficking and intolerance within the Jamaican context, designing strategies to help stem these issues. Director of the Fi Wi Jamaica Project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, is appealing for citizens to show a greater sense of national responsibility, noting that this is key to addressing social ills. Professor Hamilton said the project has been playing its role in sparking discussions around the obligation of each citizen towards the development and safety of Jamaica.last_img read more