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Submitted by Roseline Shelstad on

Being originally from Liberia, my concern on a partnership like this is - how would the new skills developed be utilize immediately? Although Liberia has a broken educational system, the country continues to graduate a record number of individuals receiving undergraduate, graduate and legal degrees; most of these graduates are unemployed, not due to lack of skills, but jobs creation ability. Hence, talk of skills development in Liberia should be approached on a project by project basis; for example, training the administrative division of each ministry to better manage and to make concerted effort to improve the quality of key public services. However, if skills development is going to be focused on the general public, there should be a plan for immediate placement. No amount of training sessions is going to affect an economy if it's not being used. Also, an ethics course needs to be added to all professional development training in Liberia - this might help individuals to consider building cohesion and shared prosperity - ultimately, leading to a middle income country. My thoughts and frustration with Liberians in the diaspora and in Liberia are:
* we lack the ability to think and be creative
* we spend most of our productive time duplicating, instead of building
* we urgently need wealth building education (investment and saving training)
* we need to appreciate learning, and see it as a step to long-term socioeconomic success
* we need to fully understand entrepreneurship to develop businesses
* we need to be realistic about our skills and experiences

Thanks!