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.
The proactive grassroots youth in collaboration with the National Deputy Chairman of Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) Ibrahim Soumah popularly known as Brima Togo complemented the work of President Bio on Saturday 3rd November 2018 by supporting thousands of Sierra Leonean youth to take part in the monthly cleaning exercises in constituency 124.
LAKE Productions Company and the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and other partners have announced December 24th (Christmas Eve) as the confirmed date for the holding of the 2018 National Entertainment Awards (NEA) to be held at the prestigious Bintumani Hotel auditorium.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) Northern Region office has dissolved an early marriage of a 14 year old class four girl child (name withheld) in Kathekeyan Kaboli, Pa Masangbon Chiefdom in the Bombali District.
In compliance with Section 7 of the Human Rights Commission Act, 2004, the Commission’s investigation found out that the child was contracted in marriage by a forty two (42) year old Ibrahim Conteh resident of Makomp village, Bombali Shebora Chiefdom in Bombali District.
Islamic Online University (IOU) Board, Staff and Students met with the Deputy Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Dr.Turad Senesie at the latter’s New England Ville office in Freetown.
The chairman Board of Directors, of Islamic Online University, Alhaji Murtada Sesay on behalf of the chancellor said IOU has changed the mindset of those who perceive Islam negatively because IOU is using formal, digital and English medium of education to over 457,000 students worldwide and more are emerging because the classroom is unlimited no matter how great their number.
16 years old, Joshua Abdulai Gassama, a JSS II pupil of the Services Secondary School Juba, Freetown, who died after his neck was allegedly broken by a colleague pupil will today 17th October, 2018, be laid to rest at the Regent Road Lumley cemetery after a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints Lumley.
Police at Lumley Police Division are currently investigating the matter and the suspect is in police custody.
The uncontrolled increase in the rate of drug abuse like Dragon Delay Spray, Tramadol and Jah-scotch among young people in Sierra Leone has become a serious cause for concern to many Sierra Leoneans who spoke to this reporter last evening of Monday 15th October, 2018.
In a vox pop conducted by this writer, many Sierra Leoneans expressed concern and fear that if the government through its Ministry of Health and Sanitation fail to urgently intervene and curtail the smuggling of these drugs into the country, the country’s future leaders will gradually fade away.