Liberia’s Daily Chalkboard – conveying the news to those who cannot read

I’m going to try a new thing here and embed an external video into the post. When you are in Monrovia, you can’t miss this Daily Chalkboard by the side of the main road intersection with the turn-off to Spriggs airfield. I’ve never seen a crowd as large as that in the video, but there are always a few guys hanging around looking at the headlines, and every driver snatches a quick read of the headlines as they drive by. Its a great idea to convey the news verbally and simply to those who are illiterate, but of course, it still requires someone who can read to tell the story to those who can’t. I guess at least it gives a focal point where people can get the news for free in simple words. Bravo for creativity.

Most Liberians get their news and information from the radio. UNMIL Radio (UN Mission in Liberia) is the only station with nationwide coverage, but most county centres have a local radio station that covers the local news stories and interviews local celebrities and leaders. I’d like to write more about this in a more detailed post another day sometime in the future…

Now to see if I can make the technology work to achieve my objective of sharing with you the interesting video from the TIMES video about the Liberian Chalkboard in Monrovia. Here it is…its worth a look.

Liberia’s Daily Chalkboard Newspaper (video)