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Opinions of Monday, 20 August 2012

Columnist: Adufutse, William Yaw

Education: A Tool for Unity

William Yaw Adufutse, Ph.D.

I have read several articles over a course of time and become amazed at how some of my fellow Ph. D. scholars have become divisive forces instead of uniting forces. In my doctoral studies, I was always told my degree is to allow me become a force for social change in my community, country and the world as a whole. I am sure this applies to all those with terminal (doctoral) degrees as well.

We have been privileged to be exposed to knowledge from all branches of the academics, be it the medical sciences, or the social sciences. The reason for that is to help elevate those who have not had the chance to attain such formal exposure so that, they can be edified by broadening their horizon. Unfortunately, it appears, some have turned their acquired knowledge into becoming divisive forces. Instead of becoming the catalysts for unity and change they are rather using their knowledge to either tear down others or perpetrate their tribal and political agenda.

Would it not be nice to share our knowledge with others? Motivate those languishing in abject poverty not to give up hope? How about suggesting to those desirous of furthering their education or businesses some of the practical ways those can be done? Through our writings, why can we not become uniting forces? I have deliberately kept this short because there is a proverb in Ewe that states literally “Listening ears are not baskets.”

As one commentator always identify her place of origin, I will do the same: I am Dr. William Yaw Adufutse from Anfoega in the Volta Region, a professor in Management with specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change at several universities in the USA. My email address is