By Musa Kamara
I can vividly remember way back in primary school when my teacher used to borrow words from the bible saying, “Train up a child the way he should go and so that when he is old he would not depart from it” and he most times joke, “You cannot fatten the pig on the marketing day.”
Those moments were indeed some of the best moments of early childhood education. You can agree with me that the race has never been for the swift, but for those who can endure. I always have the belief that the most difficult task on earth is to shape the lifestyle of an individual to a meaningful person in society.
I recently witnessed an essay writing competition where in overall, the girls performed way better than the boys, but at the end of the day, the judgment was wrongly delivered. I was short of words especially at my take on the caliber of judges present. The room went very quiet when the first selection and the final winners were announced, but as with any competition, there were rounds of applauds, though not pleasing.
What I saw on that competition brings back old memories which I carefully compared and contrast with the present leadership in institutions that I considered very accountable to the people of Sierra Leone. The manifestation of ‘bad blood and peer group influence’ is always visible, but it is always incumbent on parents, community stakeholders, religious leaders and academic institutions to hold themselves accountable when our good boys and girls go bad. I see no need to blame the government of the day when some institutional heads fail.
The questions that always strike my mind when things go run are: What really comes first to parent, work or their children?
What is the parent-teacher relationship like? What went wrong with the integrity of some teachers? Do some of our institutions have the right set of employees? How is the employer-employee relationship like? Why is bribery the order of the day? Such questions and more always popped on my mind as core factors as to why the “Foundation of Corruption and Bad Leadership.”
Let us stop blaming government for every little thing, let us all rise to the occasion and be the change we want to see in Sierra Leone. Parental mentoring is a fundamental tool for nation building and mind you, “Train up a child the way he/she should go…,”
The decision of the judges on the essay writing competition I witnessed was a typical imagery of the foundation for corruption and bad leadership. The judges there symbolize those in authority who took to their pockets rather than their integrity. Nepotism should not be the culture and the pathway to leadership. Nothing good comes out of having the wrong people in institutions built on integrity and accountability and not to talk about fattening the pig on the marketing day, which is definitely not possible.
Please let us pledge our love and loyalty to Sierra Leone and by such, the leaders of tomorrow would cultivate love for others and for country and hence, curtail corruption and bad leadership.