MONROVIA, March 17 (LINA) – The Chief Executive Officer of Jetty Trading Corporation, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, has called on the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Educational Foundation (JJREF) to invest in digital education to accelerate the future growth of a generation of innovative Liberians.
The Indian businessman added that the Foundation can achieve the target of breeding a whole generation of innovative Liberians by constructing at least one or two digital labs across the 15 political subdivisions of the country.
Delivering the keynote address at the 214th Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s 1st and 7th President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Mr. Sachdeva indicated that implementing such investment would enable a future generation of Liberians to become innovative in helping to address some of the country’s most pressing challenges.
The businessman, who spoke on the topic: “Preparing a Young Generation of Innovative and Creative Young Minds, a Panacea to Accelerating Future Growth and Development,” argued that more than three decades ago, a simple high school education was sufficient for getting a good job which, according to him, is not the case in the 21st Century, citing that the world is now a technology-driven world and its competence is a must.
The CEO of the Jetty Corporation explained that the term digital skills refers to the ability of an individual to use technology to access, analyze, and communicate information, as well as to solve problems, create new ideas and collaborate with others.
He maintained that the lack of technological skills will make it difficult for the country to have candidates that match the right skill set for the job market in the country and the world at-large.
However, he extolled the benefactor of the JJREF (former President Joseph Jenkins Roberts) for the selfless initiative that has benefited Liberians in acquiring quality education, which is known as the bedrock for growth and development in every society.
“President Roberts was a man of unique purpose, and for this reason, he left in his will properties, and hard cash to fund the establishment of a perpetual foundation knowing that knowledge is power and should therefore not be possessed by few individuals, » Mr. Sachdeva noted.
He highlighted that even in the 1800s, the former Liberian President understood that the key to Liberia’s overall social economic development lies in sound and quality education.
“He knew that the world would evolve with technological advancements; as such, he made it imperative to fund the education of generations of Liberians until the end of time,” the Indian added.