The Acting Principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCE&T), Dr. Philip John Kanu has said that his administration has received positive assurances from government that the college would be upgraded to a university quoting the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis, a pronouncement he asserted has reinvigorated his administration’s commitment to do more.
The persistent and continuous harassment on men and women who chose to be Gays and Lesbians in Sierra Leone has fast become worrisome and scary.
No right thinking government in this 21st century will see harassment on gays and lesbians fruitful. It is worthy to note that being a gay or lesbian is ones choice and it is his or her fundamental right to practice the kind of sex he or she wishes to practice.
According to the statement read by the National Coordinator of CWS-SL, Martha B. Kanu, “recent statistics from the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police showed that as of last year, 8,505 rape cases were reported nationwide, out of a population of 7.5 million people.”
The Child Welfare Society-Sierra Leone (CWS-SL) a non-government, charitable organization has urged President Julius Maada Bio to declare a national emergency on the increasing number of rape and sexual violence cases against women and children.
As part of combating drug abuse and alcoholism by youths in Sierra Leone, the Youth Empowerment and Development Association of Sierra Leone (YEDA-SL) a civil society organization based in Freetown has revamped the Campaign against Drug Abuse and Alcoholism by young people in Sierra Leone.
Information reaching this press indicates that the life of a well-known Sahn Malen youth and human rights activist, Mohamed Dumbuya formerly residing in Kenema, southern Sierra Leone is in danger after he was attacked by an irate mob accusing him of double standards in the Sahn Malen crisis that resulted in the loss of at least one life.
Our investigations reveal that prior to the Sahn Malen crisis involving residents and owners of the Sahn Malen Oil Palm;
Kids Radio Trains Child AmbassadorsChild Broadcasters engaging children involved in sand mining at Sewa River, Gondama
Kids Radio Network (FM 103.0) has trained children, parents, right activists and media professionals in Bo to serve as ambassadors for its programmes and activities.
The purpose of the training was to create a well-informed and engaged community of both right-holders [children] and duty-bearers who will take the lead to advocating on issues affecting children in the district.
Series of concern surrounding the end of female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa have been raised amongst political, religious and traditional leaders far and wide as to how such barbaric act should be put to and end immediately.
Alhaji Umaru Conteh, a Sierra Leonean national who worked as a Child Protection Officer and Anti FGM Activist for a Non Governmental Organisation Act for Kids -SL in Freetown landed himself in to trouble as he relentlessly continue campaigning against female genital mutilation/ Cutting to be abolished in Sierra Leone. As the Child Protection Officer for Act for Kids 'SL his role was to champion the campaigning against female genital mutilation by reaching out to rural communities, and schools in Sierra Leone disseminating the information about the hazards and effect of the so called old fashioned and uncivilized customary practice (FGM). His sensitisation programs in schools and community awareness campaigns against the female genital mutilation/ Cutting didn't go down well with members of the FGM initiators.
The principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology Polytechnic, Dr. Philip Kanu on Thursday 6th December 2018 announced representatives of the Interim Executive of the college’s Students’ Union as Rosaline Kamara, final year Bachelor of Education in Business Studies as Leader of the team, Atila Taylor, final Year Educational Administration, secretary to the team, Abdulai Mansaray, Higher Teachers’ Certificate Final, Business Studies, Abdulai Habib, Civil and Building Engineering and Jene Baion clarifying that the Interim Executive would hold the fort until elections are held next year.
Mariama Seidy Barrie was only 15 years when she was given in marriage to her father’s friend brother, a man that was twice her age. Mariama came home hungry and looking profusely tired from school on a faithful afternoon when she saw some strangers and her father dialoguing on something she never thought would be an arrangement for her to be forced into early child marriage. Our tradition prohibits us from saying no to whatsoever dictates our parents’ orders, she said.
As part of their corporate social responsibilities the Sierra Mining Holdings Limited (SMHL), Community Development Committee (CDC) Vimetco awarded scholarships worth seven hundred and ten million Leones to 209 students for them to pursue Diploma, Degree, and Post Graduate, other professional courses. The fortunate beneficiaries were selected from five bauxite mining chiefdoms within Bo, Bonthe and Moyamba districts.
Artists across the country would be holding what is dubbed: King Dus Arts Festival and are organizing a two-day workshop on painting, street art, art under the sun, poetry among others. The workshop is taking place at the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Speaking to participants, the Festival Director of King Dus Arts Valona Taylor explained the purpose of the workshop.
Seventy Class of Student Midwives Set 7 have graduated after successfully completing midwifery courses on the theme: “Midwives: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health through Partnership” on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the School of Midwifery Masuba in Makeni northern Sierra Leone.
In his keynote address, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie disclosed that graduation is an important breakthrough in every person’s life, adding that the event usually crowns a period of hard work, dedication and success after effective learning.
To mark the World Pneumonia Day, civil society organizations from Africa and Haiti are asking their governments to step-up to eradicate Pneumonia which is responsible for more child mortalities than any other diseases like AIDS, Malaria and Measles combined.
25 Civil Society Organizations from Africa and Haiti continue to push policymakers through the media to take drastic actions to combat the disease (Cotonou, Douala, Kinshasa, Abidjan, Conakry, Accra, Bamako, Nouakchott, Abuja, Freetown, Kampala, Lusaka, Nairobi, Dakar, Monrovia, Port au Prince).
The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education has handed over traveling parcels to eleven students that were awarded scholarships to pursue higher education in Russia. The event is in line with the mandate of the ministry to provide access to Tertiary and Higher Education for Sierra Leoneans.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Turad Senesie wished them success as he bid them farewell, citing that it is the ministry’s responsibility to support Sierra Leoneans that are willing and ready to increase their knowledge.
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in collaboration with the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance has organized a four-day strategic development conference at the Golden Tulip Kimbima Hotel.
The conference started on the 2nd -6th November, 2018. The objectives of the PASA conference were to gather information about the twenty-three sanctuaries and get policy makers to strengthen the wildlife protection of chimpanzees and primates in every sanctuary and put in place measures to protect the forests in Sierra Leone.
In an effort to boost education in the country, the Coordinator Hastings Community Learning Centre (HCLC) Mohamed Kamara donated school learning materials worth over five million Leones to school drop-outs. The event took place in the Hastings Community Learning Centre conference hall on behalf of the Director of Non-Formal Education at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Olive Musa.