9 December 2009

Liberia: Minister Holf Wants Culture Taught in Schools

Acting Information Minister Elizabeth Hoff is calling for the inclusion of Liberian culture in the educational system of the Country to enable young people learn about the cultural heritage of the country.

Speaking Monday at the launch of the Liberian Country Cloth Exhibition in Monrovia, Acting Minister Hoff said to preserve the cultural Heritage of the country, the culture must be taught in all schools.

The MICAT Boss said nothing actually wrong with cultural performances to entertain people, curving wooden structures and paintings. She said all of these are very important in promoting the cultural practices of the country.

She urged the Ministry of Education to translate Liberian cultural values through the country's educational systems. She said the system must take all of the responsibilities of keeping alive and promoting the country's heritage.

Minister Hoff said the issue is very important because thousands of Liberian children go through the educational Program without learning about the cultural values of the country.

The launch covers week long activities at the National Museum on Broad Street. MICAT is launching the exhibition in collaboration with UNESCO.

The production techniques for producing country cloth are still being practiced, but minimally, due to the reduced appreciation and use of these cloths.

Liberia stands to lose this very important aspect of its cultural heritage, if it is not preserved. The country is endowed with rich sources of the raw materials used in textile productions -cotton, use in the production of authentic Liberian country cloth, palm raffia dyes, among others.

This exhibition aims to promote the rediscovery of the creativity, beauty and utility of Liberian made textile goods.

At the exhibition, cloths and goods produced by the KISSI, Kpelle, Lorma, Vai, Gola, Mende, Mandingo and Gbandi were displayed.

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