Liberia, especially Monrovia is the melting pot of Africa. Liberia is enriched with a multi-cultural population of diverse social, ethnic, economic, and political backgrounds. Each ethnic group (tribe) has a distinct dialect that has affinities with one or more other dialects. Cultures, customs, traditions and values are interwoven.
English is the official language. There are seventeen distinct indigenous tribes that speak more than 30 dialects. Liberia has evolved over the years and has developed a way of life (fashion and lifestyle) similar to Western culture. More than a decade of refugee presence in neighboring countries also impacted these neighbors way of life.
Education in English is required in all public and recognized private schools. Some Traditional Education Societies are in existence, but less influential then in the early days: The men Poro Society and Women Sande Society are the most prominent practiced among many groups.
Sande is a kind of societal organization found among several ethnic groups who live in the West African Region. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia share very similar practices. In Sande societies women receive non-formal education in farming, medicine cultivation, and child rearing. They are taught female values and trained for marriage, domestic life, and economic pursuits. Young girls are also introduced to songs, dances and the mysteries of women’s society. They graduation with grandiose public ceremonies at which time most of the girls are proposed by young men for marriage.