Speaking at the student’s engagement held at the Botswain Junior High School in Monrovia, Saliho A. Donzo, Assistant Director Research, Department Budget and Development Planning at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning said the exercise intends to solicit the views of every stakeholder in the fifteen counties of Liberia.
He said “we want to get the view of our people into a draft document and shared with the next regime, we did that with the religious community, civil society organizations, political parties and leaders, and a nationwide campaign and we think it is right to come to youth and academia to get their views.
“We want to develop the successor framework from an informed perspective. We have been to every county except Grand Kru and Rivergee Counties due to the road condition and we have plans to reach those places,” he said.
He indicated “we are doing a nationwide campaign and we explained to people what the SDGs, agenda 2063 are and our own development agenda called the agenda for transformation and the vision 2030. We are doing these awareness and publicity to our people along with a video message from the Minister of Finance educating them on the SDGs and agenda 2063.”
“We are doing a multi stakeholders engagement, we talked to the religious leaders last month on the SDGs, agenda 2063, our development goals and the need to cave a successor development goals for the next government,” he said.
Also speaking, a participant of the exercise, Grace Toe of the Elder John Massey High School, said the exercise has broadened her knowledge and understanding of the SDGs.
She stated “the program today is good for us students because the SDGs meet our needs as young people. We thank the Minister of Finance for this initiative to make students understand the SDGs.”
For his part, Tony Reeves, of the D Tweh Memorial High School thinks the exercise is educative for students noting “it has given us more knowledge on the SDGs and Agenda 2063 developed by governments around the world. We understand that these are frameworks that seek to archive inclusive growth, sustainable development, peace and reconciliation.”
“This goal will ensure that Liberia has access to complete, equitable and quality education for all because according to estimates many people lack basic literacy skills”, he added.