Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas Santa Give-Way

HO HO HO !!!
We at LERN Liberia are excited that you have decided to take the challenge in answering one of our question for a Santa Clues Hat. Our Santa here needed to go across Liberia this year, so he has provided a list of long free questions to answer for you winning a free Santa Clues Hat from his Santa stocking (bag) this year. As you have noticed, it's a GIVE-ALWAY plat, wherein we at LEARN Liberia want to celebrate the Christmas with you. Below are terms & conditions attach:

1.Each person is to answer one question.
2. Each person is to answer one question with one answer.
3.Your answer should be direct.
4. Miss spell words or words won't be accepted.
5.If you have won before, you're not allow to play.
6.Only for Liberians living or residing in Liberia.

Please do click here to view the simple of the Christmas Santa Hat on Instagram  


1. LEARN Liberia founded by two young personality and they're Liberian. Please give the full name of both of them ?

2. What's the full of InsightSTEM

3. What has mouth but don't talk and has bed but don't sleep ?

4. What's the smallest born in the human body ?

5. Who is Vivien Thomas & what is he noted for in the world of medicine ?

6. Who is the president of the University of Liberia presently ?


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Aiming Global Goals

Washing Hands During the Ebola Crisis

On 30th of March 2014, Liberia confirmed its first two cases of Ebola virus disease in the country. By the 23rd of April thirty-four cases and six deaths from Ebola in Liberia were recorded.  By 17th of June sixteen people had succumbed to the disease in the country. The initial cases were thought to be malaria, an extremely common disease in Liberia, and thus leading to doctors being infected with the virus. During the outbreak of this virus, Liberians were dedicated to washing their hands usually to prevent the disease, and now we at LEARN Liberia have created a forum to educate young people on the importance of hand washing on Global Hand Washing Day with the theme: "OUR HANDS, OUR FUTURE". This event was a one off event which was held in Monrovia at the United State Embassy. As you may know every year October 15th is Global Hand Washing Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. We celebrated this day with powerful presenters
who were able to educate young people on issues relating to hand washing and hygiene. This is the first event of its kind to be held at the United States Embassy.

Dr. Mohammed K.T Wolli
Our first presenter at our forum was Dr. Mahammed K.T Wollie, BSc degree in Medicine and Surgery from the International University of African in Khartourm, Sudan. Surgical attachment at the Soba Teaching Hospital in Khartourm, Sudan. His presentation was basic on “HYGIENE” providing young people a gift of education with a 15mins insightful talk on how we can help save ourselves from simple diseases that can be prevented. He mentioned three common diseases that affect Liberians on a regular basis when they’re not washing their hands properly: Diarrhea, Eye Infection, and Respiratory Infections. “Diarrhea” for which washing hands lowers the risk of having infections, a benefit particularly for children… It is the leading disease that children under five die from throughout the world. He also mentioned the spread of bacterial infections, such as trachoma, which can also be reduced through regular hand washing. Washing hands also lowers the likelihood of contracting conjunctivitis which we called eyepolio in Liberia. He also stated that pathogens that cause respiratory complications are commonly found on surfaces and hands.

Dr. Richard J. Doe
Our next guest at the forum was Dr. Richard J. Doe, he earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Biology from the Mother Patern Collage of Health Sciences in 2011 and he is currently a candidate for a degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) come December (2017) from the A.M. Dogliotti Collage of Medicine. He is also currently pursuing a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the Cuttington University Graduate School. He has also served as a guest speaker, motivational speaker and a Health Lecturer at various programs organized by the Progressive Youth Ministry Inc. 
Dr. Doe gave a 15mins presentation on the methods of hand washing: he educated young people at the forum by demonstrating the method of how participants could wash their hands properly using soap and water or sanitizer. He encouraged participants to use sanitizer as a fast means of keeping your hands clean usually when there is not much dirt and wash your hands with soap and water with dirty hands. His idea at the forum was very simple “wash or sanitize your hands to lower the RISK of the spread or contraction of Common Cold, Flu, Cholera, Diarrhea, Meningitis, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Dysentery.” An ideology that was well noted.

Chalaty A. Young
Our third guest was great “Chalaty A. Young” President of the Biological Sciences Students Association (BIOSSA) of the University of Liberia, and Founder of the National Scholastic Club of Liberia (NASCOL) and Current President President of Liberia Association of Volunteers (LAV). This topic was on the universal solvent (Water H2O), a polar compound he described. A compound he described as the most studied chemical compound and that covers over 71% of the Earth’s surface. To that, he also mentioned at the forum that on Earth, 96.5% of the planet’s surface water is found in the seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and the ice caps of the Antarctica and Greenland, a fraction in other large water bodies, 0.001% in the air as vapor.  It was clear not many high school students at the forum knew that, they were all able to get the insight behind water in our universe. The most interesting thing at the event was only 2.5% of the water is freshwater, of which we have 98.8% is in ice (excepting ice in clouds) and groundwater. 

If the total quantity of water on Earth is equivalent to just one gallon, the quantity that would be safe for human consumption will be just a spoon full!”

Mr. Jonathan G. Enders
Our last speaker for the day was Mr. Jonathan G. Enders of the Nation Public Health Institute of Liberia. An institute established after the Ebola crisis to control and manage outbreak of diseases in Liberia. Mr. Enders was excited to talk to students and young people at the global hand washing day forum at the United States Embassy in Monrovia about the work the Nation Public Health Institute of Liberia and how they are helping to control and manage Health issues. He also mentioned that LEARN Liberia should work hard in creating health events that will provide sanitizer to communities and people in the rural area. His words were inspiring to hear!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Breeding Community Health

I sat up wearing a big smile and thinking of writing a full proposal on LEARN Liberia; with that, I quickly rush on my computer with much excitement as the thought of development rattled through my head. I envisioned building a hub of volunteers, youth and professionals to educate communities on healthcare issues and how they can rekindle community and personal health from a different prospective and dimension void of orthodox ideas. I quickly pen down issues that were in my mind on a pad to include in the proposal… as I wrote, I could fell a blush of growing excitement that flow within me. After hours of typing ideas and calculating numbers, I came to a point where knowledge needed to be reviewed not just unilaterally, but from others, so I simply asked Habib Sheriff “The Addictive” two questions with one coming from community health, while the next was fully and directly proportional to his expectation-safety. 

“Who is charged with leading the collaboration process: the local clinic or the community health educator?”
“What applies to the safety of the people in preventive health?”

With these questions asked to a specialist, his advice was on point with my proposal and additional information was place noting that I’m working on my proposal. According to him, the two must have a prosperous marry; as any divorce will lead to a progression of delinquent juvenile (their kids). He explain himself as saying, health care workers who are basically into curative medicine serves as a buffer to the Community Health Educators who should be in the front-line of preventive health. However, it is very prudent to have clinicians with knowledge in health education and preventive medicine. This is because of the resonance of our society when it comes to health issues, the multitude of people never visit a clinic except where they are challenged with ailment. At this point, it is an opportunity to educate them on preventive health and if the clinician is not educated about this, it will be a lost opportunity. However, the educators and local clinics are working hard on health issues and with respect to that, we need to prioritize educating people in the communities on preventive health and how they should implement the slogan that says “Prevention Is Better Than Cure” in their dally activities.
His second answer was simple: any measure individually applied to alienate the contraction and spread of diseases. Such measure varies from simple personal hygiene to more complex measures aimed at coordinating personal health amongst people within a population, all these however with the ultimate goal of being free from harm, attaining and maintaining good physical and psychological health, such applies to and reflect the safety of people in preventive health.
With all of these, I get the feeling that our world is getting to a point wherein we are ready to save ourselves from the global trenches of bad health sector and disease out-break in Africa and the world at large. Let me say that our world needs us- human, we have the power to create a universe of self-control and not self-disorder which in our imaging experience should be a step forward to occurrence.

Johnnason L. Dvaid, Jr.
Founder & CEO
LEARN Liberia  

Friday, 19 May 2017

Women In The World Of Work.

Many years have passed since we first mounted the stage and elaborately proclaimed that women could ascend the pedestal, assume their natural places and harness great dreams. To the contrary, the roaring cacophony of gender discrimination within various segments of our society continues to soil our words and blanche our proclaimed ideas. Despite the passing of time, we are yet to make good of our promises as a decent people; be it at home or at work, discrimination continues to flourish in such a so-called modern era with some societies clinching to orthodox perception of gender balance in the workforce. The defensive posture purported is that females are not naturally oriented for certain task. What is it I hear them say? “…her physical ability is a limiting factor in accommodating her to the job…”. this I strongly believe is based on a misunderstanding of basic realities, and I hope my belief is right, or else it would be ridiculous to know that discrimination is willful in this age of our human existence. I have had the opportunity to study human and work sciences in many great institutions to include Biology at Liberia’s highest institution of learning- the University of Liberia and Occupational Safety and Health at the International Training Center of the ILO (ITCILO) and the Turin School of Development. During these years of studies, I have found baseless the argument that a female’s physical ability limits her performance of certain job. No sooner have the debate started, those engaged in it quickly abandoned the ideas once the clarity had been presented and their once cherished misconception plunged. My basic argument to them is that years ago- era of the great Paul Bunyan (American folklore) and others, men cut trees using axe and logging could not be dreamed of as a flourishing activity as it is today.  Not all men could do what Paul did. We were all unfit for the works we do today. But my studies in the mentioned sciences have brought me to understand that work and systems of work must be adapted to suit the person doing the work and not the other way around- i.e adjusting a person to the work and work systems. In order to achieve this, we mechanized activities and improved work patterns to ensure that our task were well suited for us. Even today, we continue to improve these machines and our work processes. This in all fairness could be done to enhance the fullest participation of all genders at no extra cost and without a hassle. And this again proves wrong the idea that certain tasks are not suited for women. As we sought continuous improvement and adaptation of our work through mechanization, it is only logical to adjust tasks to as well suit woman thus creating the much needed gender balance.

The struggle for gender balance was not started during our time, people have struggled long before us and therefore as we strive to promulgate processes our predecessors started, gender equality is as important as continuing the creation of the atomized world they so much desired and started but, we project a diametrically opposite and contradictory idea when we are gender bias because they (our predecessors) also toiled for gender equality.

The importance of this day is not opaque and therefore cannot be overstated. We can all agree that women were important actors in carving the society we boast of and even today, remain important in steering the future. Despite orthodox ides of gender equality within some areas, women has for centuries transcended heights and achieve great success.This was not unique to one continent nor gender, from the days of Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Florence Nightingale, up to our time of Malala yousafzai and Leymah Gbowee, most of whom were from different countries and continents, women had and continue to play crucial roles in the world we occupy today. Despite years of imbalance and in extreme cases oppression and alienation, they have strived for the freedom and progress of humanity.

March 8 each year is marked by more than 100 countries around the globe as International Women’s Day. Some believe that this day began in the United States of America whilst others believe in varying origin. Despite history being occluded with disparities in the origin of this day, I see it as a unique opportunity for all of us to listen, not just listen but learn, not just learn but dream, not just dream but plan, not just plan but implement plans and realize our dreams. The commitment to realize one’s dreams starts with the setting of realistic objectives and walking through these objectives each day. Dream is like an empty basket and plans are like fruits to fill this basket, grasping onto smaller end goals and putting them in your basket. You wouldn’t realize how much you have achieved until they start to fall out of the basket and someone watching calls out to you saying “hey, you dropped something” then you stop, look at your success and go to bed feeling achieved. Our predecessors have done this, they enacted national and international instruments to defend the right of every gender walking this earth, and they were wise to realize that there is one soul which animates all men. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights is a classic example of their achievement. Unfortunately, our generation have miserably failed to implement these instruments to the fullest. We have limited time now and our pace is slow, we need to awaken to the call in all spheres of our society. We need to accommodate women and give them the much needed chance.

Today, I wish we reflect and pay respect to women of yesterday, whom despite trying times stood against the wind to rewrite history. For the courage that toiled the course of freedom, sovereignty is the price they sought, though liberation was not a crown they wore, their progeny owe to them commendation and we are as ignorant as the oppressor if we attenuate this.

Thank for the audience, I hope you fill your basket with fruits of gender equality, have a good day.

Habib Sheriff