Our desire to spread liberty in Africa like wildfire in a dry season continues unabated. Over the weekend we launched the Liberty and Entrepreneurship Clubs at Assin Fosu in the Central Region of Ghana, 385 Kilometres from Accra to spread Liberty among Junior High School students.
Chris Owusu Kuranchie, (C.K), a teacher by profession who attended both our maiden Liberty & Entrepreneurship Camp in 2008 and this year’s camp, initiated this effort. Liberty & Entrepreneurship Camp Alumni have always been urged to start projects that would spread freedom and prosperity. With initiatives like this, I‘m proud to inform you once again that your moral, spiritual and financial support to the camps is paying off.
Under the Africa Youth Peace Call umbrella, the Liberty & Entrepreneurship Clubs’ focus is to expose junior high school students to libertarianism, entrepreneurship and inculcate in them the benefit of savings. The raison d’être is to give them the tools at an early age to spread liberty and start entrepreneurship projects.
In his inaugural speech on Friday, Chris Kuranchie affirmed that we can only win the battle against poverty and tyranny if we expose our future leaders to free markets principles at a very tender age. “I believe we must catch younger people very early with the humane philosophy so that they’d grow for the revolution to make our continent a better place to live,” Chris stressed. He revealed that he’s collaborating with his colleague teachers to set-up more clubs in other schools and communities.
The Chairperson of the Club, 15 year old Doris Amponsah, proclaimed how she and her colleagues are delighted to be involved in such a wonderful project, and to have such an enormous prospect to prepare for their future. “Since we started this Club in September, as a group we’ve saved GHȻ75 ($50) from 50 Pesewas (30 Cents) contribution from each member on Fridays”. She revealed that they are going to have groups of five members each to start profitable projects like Rabbit production, Snail farm, Bee keeping, textile printing, etc. with their savings as seed money.
She urged her colleagues to attend the Liberty Fridays all the time so that they could broaden their knowledge. The Liberty Friday is where they discuss, read and watch libertarian materials and documentaries.
The group has an excellent Motto and slogan:
Liberty * 3:
Do Harm to No One
Take from no One His Own
Gold is Coined Freedom
Saturday was the Inaugural seminar and it was my cherished moment of the whole program. The seminar kicked off with a John Stossel’s Video on Greed. I took over after the video to introduce students to the Freedom philosophies and explained to them about why some countries are rich, whilst others are stinking poor.
I was amazed how these young people between the ages of 12-16 could easily spot monopolies like electricity, water supply and postal services, and how inefficient they are. Fourteen year old Joana asked me whether this is the reason why the electricity goes off everyday.
John, 16, commented that he now understands why there are so many land disputes and why one parcel of land in this country could be sold to so many people. The way they grasped the consequences of absence of secured property rights made me so elated. It was great to see the enthusiasm in their eyes and the energy to learn.
I was totally taken aback how these young people chastised the police when we got to the Rule of Law. I never knew these young people were so observant about all that’s going on in our society.
The Philosophy of Liberty by ace libertarian teacher Prof. Ken Schoolland. It helped a great deal to enhance their understanding of freedom.
After Lunch we had a reading session with “I, Pencil,” which was kindly sent to us free of charge by the Foundation for Economic Education, as usual. Students were asked to read a paragraph and after every paragraph we discussed and reviewed it. This helped them greatly to understand spontaneous order from my earlier presentation.
One student mentioned that the government can never determine or know whether he wants to eat rice today for lunch. Another said that his understanding of the book is made clear from the example of labourers who travel from the north to the south to look for jobs during the farming season down south. “It’s not the government that tells them to come here to look for work but in their desire to eke out a living for themselves. Like the wood worker”.
I was so excited to teach, and at the same time learn from these young ones. They will need the support of us all to develop their philosophies for life. We need curriculum for each age group, appropriate to their level. Getting audio-visual materials for them would also go a long way to enhance their Liberty Fridays Meetings, since they have been hiring them. Entrepreneurs are also needed to assist with mentoring for their group projects which commence next year in January. Please get on board and assist us anyway you can.
To donate to Liberty & Entrepreneurship Clubs email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your kind support.
Afrikanus Kofi Akosah