IDEAS Fellow Amos Lavalah Speaks at UCF
Through the instrumentality of IDEAS Executive Director Clayton Ferrara, I was able to meet with instructor Leslie Wolcott, who teaches a class called Advanced Argument in the Writing and Rhetoric Department at University of Center Florida. Based on our discussions concerning my interest of congress, I was in visited by her to speak on my persuasion when I run for office. We arrived at 10:00 am on the campus and sat for a while in her office on class time.
We went in the class at 10:20am, and she introduced us to the class; Chris Stampar gave some historical facts about IDEAS, followed by introducing me to the students. I started by saying my name Amos Mulbah Lavalah from a small country in west Sahara Africa that is rich with resources but living conditions of the people are poor. I talked about corruption in government general, but mainly I talked about the education system of Liberia. In Liberia education system, the patronage and bribery by administrators, professors, and students are widely reported. Abuse of resources, absenteeism, and sex for grades are common. I quoted the president of Liberia madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf saying that education system “a mess” followed by questions and answers.