The Liberia Institute of Ethics and Civic Education(LIECE’) was conceived and birth to answer to the deep quest for solutions to the problems of lawlessness, lack of integrity, laziness and poor work ethic and the culture of corruption and national ignorance of the law and tenants of the nation, and less patriotism that has stigmatized Liberian as a people and Liberia as a nation.
On the other hand LIECE’ was birth to build the image of Liberia through a system of education that will make Liberians to live and act intentionally in a way make our live attractive and to bring pride to the nation and make Liberia a place where people would want to live.
The dream began careful observation of the disparity between the life and practices in Liberia and those of others in developed and developing nations.
An extensive research was carried in rural Liberia on citizen mindset, level of education, knowledge on the role of stakeholders, knowledge no citizens responsibilities, concept of rule of law, the basic right of citizens, concept of government and etc.
We compared the overall mindset of the average Liberian and noticed a missing link in the transfer of knowledge in Liberia nationwide for one generation to another.
We felt that the best approach was to form an entity that will embrace Liberia and its people as is and seek to address the literacy needs of the nation.
The Liberia Institute of Ethics and Civic Education was form to serve as the instrument to address those need in collaboration with other organization in the country and abroad.
The original thought to educate the citizen of Nimba County electoral district 4 so as to better prepare them to develop a new Mindsets that will make them in conversation about development. When we realized that problems we observed was national it became prudent to take a more national approach while maintaining the ideas to use the district as Petri dish or test lab.
Our research methodology focuses on two sources of knowledge:
to educate the citizens of Nimba county district #4 it Rev George Wonlon realized that the
came in an effort to educate Liberians in the electoral district # 4- Twah River District. A clan in the disctrict know for producing the largest consignment of cocoa in Liberian has very little knowledge on how the government of Liberia work.
Though the Beo Chiefdom is in Liberian and form part of the district that has a representation in the central government about 90 percent of the citizens livelihood depend on good from the Ivory Coast. There are no roads accessible by vehicles to the 24 towns. The entire region has one market day weekly for 4 hours from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Many kids are not in school because their parent live miles away on the farms. Pregnant women from these 24 towns will walk miles to come near the only clinic in one of the towns when they reach 7 month for fear riding on motor cycle on roads to the clinic wjen in labor pain and will be there until they give birth.
The needs identified were first to give a simple education to citizens on what to look for in civic leader and those aspiring for political offices.
There was a need to let the citizens also know the job description of the president down to the quarter Chiefs to help them know how to hold public official accountable to see the chiefdom developed.
The citizens also needed to know what the constitution provided for the conducts of citizens in the society in general and also in specific areas like work, school and interaction with others during business transactions.
We envisioned a society society in which the citizens and the government will hold each other accountable; where the citizens will live with the sense of accountability and expect the stakeholders to be accountable.
A society where no one will be above the law and there will be respect for human life and for private and public property. A society where investors will be attracted by reports of the integrity and ethical practices of employees to inspire companies to pay commensurate wages to citizens.
A society where members of the house of representatives will first sit with citizens and discuss with them befire entering to concessions agreements with investors coming into their settlements.
A society where teacher and students will understand and respect boundaries while maintaining professional relationships. A society where honesty will cause students to seek to merit promotion from one class to another and where employment will be based on qualifications.
It because evidently that such society was possible but the possibility depends on vigorous education not by government but by an entity. The entity has to be duly registered with the government of Liberia and must recruit like minded Liberians who have seen the need for transformation in Liberia. We saw tust such dream was bigger than just on electoral district because the problem ignorance to the basic knowledge is a national one and need a national approach.
This was the beginning of dream that brought to being the formation of the Liberia Institute of Ethics and Civic Education( LIECE)