The Prince of Wales Secondary School has emerged winners of the Rokel Bank National School Quiz Competition. The grand finale which took place at the Victoria Park over the weekend saw POW scoring 37 points to beat the Kenema Government Secondary School (K School) which trailed closely by 35 points.
Francis Guo is a goodhearted Chinese working in Sierra Leone and he recently saw the need to extend humanitarian support to school pupils of the Makorbeh Village Primary School in the Port Loko District. School pupils in classes 1 and 5 received school bags containing school materials and school fees, which serves as a major boost to their academic work. Francis Guo’s gift sparked great jubilation in the school as pupils, school authorities and parents celebrated the laudable venture, which they say came at the right time when things are extremely difficult in the poor community.
APPEAL FOR SETTLING OUR FEES
It is with great concern and respect that we, the students of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, write to draw your attention to the delay of the reopening of the university in the current academic year, and also appeal your excellence to immediately come to our aid. We recognize and commend your relentless effort in ensuring the success of the Free Quality Education program for primary and secondary schools. We certainly believe you will succeed with this historic program.
Quality education is at the heart of unlocking every child’s potential and breaking the cycle of poverty which affects over 70% of Sierra Leone’s children.
In pursuit of this goal, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone received a donation of school supplies amounting to USD $202,541.94 from Catholic Relief Services (CRS). This donation marked the completion of Phase 3 of the All Pikin for Learn (McGovern Dole Food for Education) which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of the American people.
Since 2008, this program has successfully improved school attendance, especially among girls, reduced hunger, and improved literacy in primary education.
The final program items donated included 5,400 government aligned and approved text books, 10,367 teaching and learning materials, and school furniture (desks, tables, chairs).
In a symbolic handing over ceremony held on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 in Kabala, the district capital of Koinadugu, CRS Acting Country Representative Daniel Mumuni, highlighted that “Education is key and unlocks the potentials of every child in Sierra Leone.”
Mumuni thanked the Sierra Leone Government for their continued partnership with CRS, an INGO which has been working with the Sierra Leone people for over 60 years.
He officially announced the closure of the McGovern Dole Food for Education Phase 3 and the start of Phase 4 which will run until September 2022 targeting 309 schools and feeding 69,731 students to boost their enrollment and academic performance.
In attendance at the ceremony were the Minister and Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, the Minister of Works and Housing, national coordinator of Free Quality Education program and representative of State House.
Deputy Minister, Emily Kadiatu Gogra, thanked CRS for its commitment to the children of Sierra Leone and emphatically stated that CRS has been able to work in areas where the government cannot reach and has been unable to work.
She testified to her field visits to these areas where communities tell her CRS is a ‘household name.’
A representative from State House, Lans Keifala likewise commended CRS for their work in Koinadugu and Falaba districts and assured those in attendance that this work would be reported back to the president through the Chief Minister.
Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Alpha Osman Timbo, , highlighted that a country’s development is judged by its educational systems and citizens it produces.
With Sierra Leone ranked 184th on the human development index the collaboration of organizations like CRS, the U.S. Government, and the Ministry of Education are crucial to the country’s future.
The Minister was very pleased to report that CRS’ contribution to education has led to Koinadugu District placing in the top four districts in the 2018 Sierra Leone National Primary School Examination (NPSE).
In a related development, CRS announced a year-long provision of fortified corn meal and vegetable oil to the Kabala School for the Blind and the Kabala Amputee’s Camp.
This donation was the first in a year-long commitment to feeding these children and demonstrated the values of CRS in solidarity and support to People Living with Disability (PLWD).
CRS will continue implementation of the 4th phase of the USDA-funded ‘All Pikin for Learn’ with activities including provision of school lunches to 69,000 students, construction of 30 classrooms, provision of teaching learning materials, training of 100 teachers, and government capacity building, among other activities.
The USDA’s McGovern-Dole program, active throughout the world since 2002, has benefited over 30 million students, parents and teachers. The primary objectives of the program are to improve school attendance, especially among girls, reduce hunger, and improve literacy in primary education.
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