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๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ Quality Education in Tonkolili District

Unveiled signpost of the Grace and John Perkin donor funded project titled Improving Accesss to Quality Education for Children in Tonkolili District

TURNING THE SOD; MINISTRY OF BASIC AND SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION LAUNCH THE ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCAITON FOR CHILDREN IN TONKOLILI DISTRICT

Exactly 5 months from the inception of the 348,000 (๐†B๐) donor project, funded by German couple, Grace and John Perkins, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE) has on the 16th February 2022 turned the sod on the foundation of the 6 classroom building and launched the Access to Quality Education Project in Rosengbeh Community, Tonkolili District.

In past years, the Rosengbeh Community reported an increasing number of teenage pregnancy and dropout due to the transitioning of children especially girls to other communities in search of secondary schools. However, with this project, parents as well as stakeholders in the community are hopeful that the future of these children will be secured. ActionAid Sierra Leone has built 13 schools in 14 communities within a period of 10 years of working In Tonkolili District. These schools have contributed immensely to the retention of Girls and reduction of teenage pregnancy.

Foday Bassie Swaray Executive Director of ActionAid Sierra Leone commented that that this project compliments the Free Quality School Education (FQSE) flagship programme by the Government of Sierra Leone, laying more emphasis on the sustainability of the project after AASL would have left the community. He implores the community to take ownership of this project as it will only be sustainable with the commitment from the community stakeholders such as the School Board, Local Authorities, the Catholic Mission and the Women to monitor the implementation.

โ€œ๐—”๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บโ€ emphasized Foday Bassie Swaray.

Deputy Minister 1 of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Madam @Emily Kadiatu Gogra, represented the Minister of Education as the keynote speaker. On behalf of the MoBSSE, she extended the expression of goodwill from the Honorable Minister @David Sengeh to the donors Grace and John Perkins and to ActionAid Sierra Leone for its tremendous work in education, womenโ€™s empowerment, and contribution to the betterment Sierra Leone. The Ministry pledged its unreserved support to the work of ActionAid within Tonkolili District and beyond. She applauded AASL for its endless support in improving the lives of Women which in turn has given them a voice in their various communities.

Madam Gogra promised that the Ministry will work collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders to create structures that will monitor the successful implementation of the education project which in the nearest future will serve as a centre for the National Primary school exams and contribute to creating an enabling space for the transition of children from primary to secondary school without having to relocate to the major towns in search of secondary schools. Madam Gogra admonished the Teachers to utilize their smart phones in enriching their curriculums and becoming more relevant in the community and to the children.

Concluding, Madam Gogra firmly stated that โ€œ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†. ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜. ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑโ€ she ended.

Within the three years of implementing this project, starting from 2021 โ€“ 2024, access to quality education for 1,643 children in five communities in Tonkolili will be improved, construction of new facilities for a secondary school in the community of Rosengbeh which has already began will ensure that once children finish their primary education, they will be able to continue their secondary schooling in a safe welcoming environment with access to clean water and toilet facilities.

Teachers will be trained and support to ensure the engagement and oversight of the local education authorities. Lastly, Parents, especially women in these communities will be empowered to diversify their sources of effectively enabling them to provide for and take care of their children throughout their schooling.

Present at this auspicious event was the Chiefdom Speaker,ย  Deputy Director Teaching Service Commission Tonkolili District,ย  Deputy Director MBSSE Tonkolili District, Rev. Fr. Papa Bangura Roman Catholic Mission Magburaka, Tonkolili District Council, representative from ActionAid Board who all applauded the remarkable efforts of ActionAid as they described as a proactive organisation who truly โ€œActs on Aidโ€ and on time.

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๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ a ๐Ÿฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด by Madam Emily Kadiatu Gogra Deputy Minister 1  ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป Rosengbeh Community ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜
๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ a ๐Ÿฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด by Madam Emily Kadiatu Gogra Deputy Minister 1 ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป Rosengbeh Community ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜
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Foday Bassie Swaray Executive Director ActionAid Sierra Leone and Deputy Minister 1 MBSSE engage
Foday Bassie Swaray Executive Director ActionAid Sierra Leone and Deputy Minister 1 MBSSE engage before turning of the sod
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Deputy Minister 1 MBSSE, Executive Director ActionAid Sierra Leone, Staff of ActionAid, Representative from the Teaching Service Commission and the Tonkolili District Council unveil the signboard of the Access to Quality Education for Children in Tonkolili District
Deputy Minister 1 MBSSE, Executive Director ActionAid Sierra Leone, Staff of ActionAid, Representative from the Teaching Service Commission and the Tonkolili District Council unveil the signboard of the Access to Quality Education for Children in Tonkolili District
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Hope restored on the faces of children at St Peters St. Peter's Junior Secondary School Rosengbeh
Hope restored on the faces of children at St Peters St. Peter's Junior Secondary School Rosengbeh Community Tonkolili District
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Women's group Rosengbeh Community jubilating with songs to the donor Grace and John Perkin and ActionAid Sierra Leone
Women's group Rosengbeh Community jubilating with songs to the donor Grace and John Perkin and ActionAid Sierra Leone
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