The United Nations Symposium on Education is being held at the University of Liberia in Monrovia.
The United Nations Symposium on Education is being held at the University of Liberia in Monrovia. In an address to the opening session, the Liberian Minister of Education, Mr. George Flamma Sherman, called upon African universities to undertake more research into the educational problems of Africa.
Mr. Sherman emphasised the high rate of illiteracy in Africa and said that the main problems were lack of money and training facilities. The year 1970, he said, marked the end of the first decade of educational development in Africa and the beginning of a second which would present a challenge to educators, to governments and to UNESCO. One of the aims of the symposium is to foster any activity which will help to improve education. In particular the symposium is discussing the role of foreign advisers and technicians in countries with educational problems.
Among the delegates are educationalist from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and representatives of the World Confederation of Organisations of the Teaching Profession. Observers from the United States Agency for International Development, from the Methodist and Lutheran Churches of Liberia and from the Baptist Missionary Convention are also attending the symposium.