Jah Wolobah Beyan
Jah WolobahBeyan is the Co- founder and Administrative Director of LIFT – Liberia.
Beyan has dedicated the last one decade and a half of his life toward advocacy, activism, and leadership within the Youth and Student community and was recently elected as the Financial Secretary of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU). Mr. Beyan who was born on April 24, 1987 to Mr. Thomas Y. Beyan and Mrs. Cecelia T. Roberts left Liberia for neighboring Guinea along with his paternal grandparent when the Liberian civil war erupted in 1990.
He began his elementary education at the Refugee School in N’zerekoree before returning to Liberia in 1998.Upon his return, he continued his education at the Early Elementary School in Johnsonville, Lower Montserrado County before completing his secondary studies at the James Doe Younge(A.G.M) high School located in Clara Town, Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Liberia in 2010.
Whilst at James Doe Younge, Mr. Beyan passion for leadership, volunteerism and youth empowerment grew astronomically; thus resulting to him winning successive elections to become President for every class he sat in from (7th grade to 10th grade). By the time of his graduation in 2010, Beyan was elected President of the 12th grade and also graduated as the second valedictorian (2nd Dux) of his class.
It was also at James Doe Younge A.G.M High School that Mr. Beyan joined his longtime friend and classmate, now Executive Director of LIFT-Liberia A. Mohammed A.Foboiin 2008 to form a National non – for – profit youth and students movement called Students Against Destructive Actions and Decisions (SADAD, Lib, Inc.) which was recently renamed “Looking into the Future Liberia” (LIFT – Liberia)
At SADAD Lib, Inc, which had its main focus on peacebuilding, eliminating academic malpractices, violence and other Anti – progressive activities; thereby promoting gender equality and child rights through its “Kids for Tomorrow” programs, Beyan and his colleagues succeeded in establishing peace clubs in over 10 high schools in Montserrado County, partnered with the National Elections Commissions (NEC) to provide civic voters Education for the general and Presidential elections of 2011 and the National referendum in 2012.
SADAD Lib, Inc also formed a formidable partnership with WAEC – Liberia to proctor and monitor the Junior and Senior Secondary West African Examination Council Test. This partnership which was the first of its kind between WAEC – Liberia and any non – for – profit organization in Liberia began in 2011 and by 2013, it was ready yielding fruitful results, as WAEC – Liberia produced her best result in 30 years with students making more pass marks and with an increase in Division 1 and 2.
SADAD Lib, INC also succeeded in networking and establishing partnerships with some local and international NGOs and National bodies which include but not limited to: LACE –Liberia, Liberia National Students Union(LINSU), WE – CARE Foundation, Center for Peace Education, UNOY Peacebuilders, etc.
SADAD remained engaged with its activities and programs until Beyan and his colleagues along with its board members saw the need to change its nomenclature to LIFT – Liberia in order to meet societal demands.
After graduation from secondary school in 2010 and after several attempts to pursue his undergraduate studies abroad or at the State run-University of Liberia, Beyan enrolled at the United Methodist University (UMU) in October 2012.
While at UMU, Beyanwas again encouraged to get involve into student politics by his colleagues, some of whom had known him for his leadership skills during his secondary days, he accepted after series of dialogue and consensus building but unfortunately lost the freshmen class presidential election.
After two days of sober reflection on the election result, Mr. Beyan mustered the courage and took to various class rooms on campus to congratulate the winners of the election, and promised to live up to his campaign promises. He also commended the student populace for exercising their franchise. He took solace in the adage that says. ‘’It is how many times a man fails that makes him a failure but it is how many times he fails to recover’’.
His colleagues in return applauded him and promised to elect him if the individual elected failed and he kept his promises.
Beyan managed to live up to his words and was therefore elected president for three successive elections in three years (sophomore, Junior & Senior Classes): thus becoming the first student in the history of his university student council leadership. Mr. Beyan graduated with a BSc. in Economics Minor in Public Administration on January 31, 2017 as president of the graduating class and concomitantly president of the student council government. With his leadership philosophy which states that: “leadership is not the position one occupies but his / her ability to effect positive change”, while in leadership at UMU,Beyan was successful in achieving many things but not limited to:
(i) Successfully advocated against the increment in the fees of credit hours and all tuition for three years.
(ii) Represented UMU and Liberian students at the All Africa students Union (AASU) summit, Accra Ghana in 2014.
(iii) Took over three hundred (300) students to three successful fee trips to Ganta City,Nimba County.
(iv) Developed an Ebola preventive procedure which was implemented by the Ebola control team of UMU in 2014.
(v) Captained and successfully completed the famous treble in the inter-universities debate championship thus making UMU three times Liberia’s inter-universities debate champion.
(vi) Successfully installed six (6) modern bulletin boards on the campuses of the university.
(vii) Lobbied and provided over (150) scholarships for students over the course of three years.
Beyan recently ran unopposed for the position of Financial Secretary of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) and as an aspiring youth and students leader who desires to acquire a global standard education, coupled with his educational philosophy which states: ‘’The higher the education, the lesser the job, the more the money’’, his immediate goal is to go out preferable to the USA or Europe to acquire a masters in Development Economics. This will enable him to become a global citizen and prepare him to contribute to the economic uplifting of his native Liberia.
Beyan also believes that much of Liberia’s problems are social problems and with his change philosophy which states that: change is possible at all times, therefore organization like LIFT Liberia and what its involved in to, are highly cherished by him. Henceforth, it is also his dream to volunteer and contribute to humanity through his workings at the youth and students’ organizations he’s involved with, especially LIFT Liberia.