By Fylla reporter – The first in the series of a national program designed in Ghana to aid government efforts and advocate for the sensitization of the youth and people of Liberia about the country’s arts and culture has ended in Ghana at the Liberian refugee settlement in Ghana. The event came off on Saturday 21st May ,2011 at the Auditorium of the Buduburam Community J.H.S in the Central Region, the much anticipated event is brought together 35 participants drawn representing various sectors of the community including student, civil society leaders, I/NGO’s as well CBO’s in the Buduburam community to dialogue on Liberia’s arts and culture .
The event was a young Liberian arts and culture advocacy group based in Ghana initiative known as :Liberia Arts and Culture Sensitization Dialogue Series 2011/2012 , this first edition was on ‘Does Liberia have a Culture Policy ’ . Panellist included Mr Tricky Doyen, Lead panellist Martian Dwain all from Liberia. A short exhibition was also held to educate participants on Liberia‘s cultural history and arts during the early years of independence and present day. As many Liberians at the refugee camp were born in Ghana and also some settlement in Ghana at very tender ages as a result of the war. The team interview around the camp revealed some residence have been on the camp for more than 22 years.
The event is expecting to head to Liberia’s capital in few weeks, amidst a grand launching to and collaboration with the sector ministry for nation wide implementation.
Speaking at the event the Director of Events, Ms Ruth Flomo, speaking on behalf of the Founder & executive Director, said the initiative has come to stay and admonished the youth of Africa to take advantage of platform of this nature to study and understand the culture, arts and cultural policy of their country . She said Liberian need to take a step in the shaping of the nation through arts and culture and a sound cultural policy.
The will in the subsequent edition seek local and international funding to enable training or workshop on cultural policy for participants.