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As President Koroma’s Recovery Priorities set to benefit 71,000 school children... APC Gov’t builds 393 Classrooms,88 Latrines and 10 Water Wells
By Abdul Malik Bangura
Jun 13, 2017, 17:16
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All Peoples Congress (APC) Government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma through the Honourable Minister of Education, Science and Technology Dr. Minkailu Bah has on Friday 9th June,2017, joined by guests, including the Head of UK Aid, at the Koindu Girls Secondary School to celebrate the completion of 393 classrooms, 88 latrines and 10 water wells.


According to a press release from the ministry, “this construction has taken place in every district across Sierra Leone to improve children’s learning in the most overcrowded schools in the country.  It has benefitted over 71,000 children by providing classrooms, chairs, tables, toilets and easier access to water to enable children to focus on what is important, learning.”

 

The release further states that the 393 classrooms, 88 latrines and 10 wells have been constructed under the President’s Recovery Priorities for Education with funds provided by the UK Aid (also known as DfID).


For complete Press Release, see below of this edition


 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Reducing Overcrowding and Improving Sanitation in Schools with the construction of 393 classrooms, 88 latrines and 10 wells funded by UK Aid.


Koidu City, Kono Distirct 9th June:
  Honourable Minister of Education, Science and Technology Dr. Minkailu Bah was joined by guests, including the head of UK Aid, at the Koindu Girls Secondary School to celebrate the completion of 393 classrooms, 88 latrines and 10 wells. These classrooms, latrines and wells have been constructed across Sierra Leone under the President’s Recovery Priorities for Education by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) with funds from the UK Aid, from the British people.

 

One of 393 schools built across the country

 

These 393 Classrooms, 88 latrines and 10 wells have been constructed under the President’s Recovery Priorities for Education with funds provided by the UK Aid (also known as DFID). This construction has taken place in every district across Sierra Leone to improve children’s learning in the most overcrowded schools in the country.  It has benefitted over 71,000 children by providing classrooms, chairs, tables, toilets and easier access to water to enable children to focus on what is important, learning.

 

The initial 168 classrooms were delivered under the President’s Early Recovery Programme by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and constructed by World Vision.  The second phase of 225 classrooms, 10 wells and 88 latrines were delivered under the President’s Recovery Priorities for Education by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and constructed by World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and Street Child Sierra Leone. 

 

Dr. Minkailu Bah Officially commissioning the school buildings

 

The project is part of a much larger programme of reforms under the Presidential Recovery Priorities in Education to improve learning outcomes which has been led by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology with funds from UK Aid.  The reforms have included providing lesson plans to over 40,000 Language Arts and Maths teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary schools.  Mapping Schools and Verifying Teachers to develop a clean Information Management System for schools and teachers which will help identify and tackle resource gaps. Improving real time monitoring of the education system, and reducing unapproved schools. 

 

In his speech at the commissioning ceremony, Dr. Minkailu Bah, Minister of Education, Science and Technology said, “for my ministry and its stakeholders in the education sector, this is a time of great challenge, responsibility and opportunities. We know that education has the power to change nations. It can help prevent poverty and social exclusion, ensure human and civic values are maintained and help tackle all forms of discrimination. Educated citizens have the necessary skills to succeed in the labour market. Children go to school to learn and to become productive leaders tomorrow. We must therefore provide them with the enabling and nurturing environment to learn. We are therefore delighted to commission the 393 classrooms constructed in all 14 districts across the country by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology with funds provided by the United Kingdom Government through the Department of International Development (DFID) UK Aid in partnership with World vision, CRS and Street Child and the local authorities.”

 

World Vision Sierra Leone’s National Director speaking on behalf of the consortium

 

In his speech at the commissioning ceremony, James N’kemba Chifwelu, National Director of World Vision Sierra Leone, stated that, “It is an honour for World Vision Sierra Leone on behalf of the ROISS consortium in partnership with CRS and Street Child to have collaborated with UKaid and the Sierra Leonean Government in this noble project that has contributed to improving the learning environment for approximately 71,000 children. We remain committed to doing whatever is possible for the best of children in partnership with UKaid and government of Sierra Leone.”

 

Speaking at the launch Sally Taylor, head of UK Aid in Sierra Leone, said ‘Today I am delighted to celebrate our continued successful partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to improve school infrastructure.  Together we have delivered an extraordinary 393 classrooms, 88 latrines and 10 wells during this recovery period. Coupled with other UK support for new lesson plans and teacher training, these classrooms will make a strong contribution towards improving the quality of education for girls and boys in Sierra Leone.’

 

Sally Taylor, DFID rep making a statement during the Commissioning

 

About UK Aid: UK Aid, (also known as The Department for International Development- UK AID), leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us, which is firmly in the UK’s national interest. We’re ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. For more information aboutUKAID,visit:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about

 

JSS 3 pupils of Koidu Girls Secondary School utilising the facilities on the first day


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