Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 June 2019:
Yesterday, Thursday 13 June 2019, a high-degree delegation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), led through its Regional Director – Ydo Yao, met with President Julius Maada Bio at State House in Freetown, to pledge their support for his government’s Free Quality Education Programme.
Launched in August last 12 months, the authorities unfastened nice education program has spread out get right of entry to number one and secondary education for hundreds of lots of kids from very terrible backgrounds, to fulfill their aspirations and recognize their capacity.
Costing hundreds of thousands and thousands of greenbacks a yr, Sierra Leone’s Free Quality Education Programme does no longer come reasonably-priced, and there are teething troubles. In some elements of u . S ., there are schools wherein youngsters are nevertheless being taught in appalling lecture room conditions, without desks and chairs – children sitting on flooring, insufficient textbooks and different getting to know substances, in addition to terrible standards of teaching.
But the government is cash strapped, and cannot locate the funds had to absolutely maintain the sort of large program through taxation by myself. It desires each assists it can get from global agencies to assist plug the gaps in remodeling Sierra Leone’s training machine.
Addressing the president, the UNESCO Regional Director, said his company is devoted to supporting all efforts being made via the Bio-led authorities, mainly his selection to prioritize education in Sierra Leone.
He said that because the UN Agency leading the advertising of typical access to training in the global, they are geared up to help the government attain its objectives for the development of schooling inside the country.
UNESCO he stated, is committed to assisting human capital development by way of mobilizing sources to help improve technical and vocational education and improve literacy rate inside u . S. A.
He told the president that based on revel in, UNESCO has a superb method in using new technology in selling education.
Head of Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers, Edem Adubra, stated enhancing the quality of coaching is essential to enhancing the quality of education. He stated that inside the UN Sustainable Development Goals, teachers are key to the implementation of all the different desires.
He cited that improving the best of existence for instructors isn’t always only about enhancing first-class of education, however additionally approximately enhancing the pleasant of improvement in widespread.
He stated that over time, the level of education in us of a has declined, however, that there’s a need now to aspire again to that function no longer handiest to serve Sierra Leone however also to be a center of gaining knowledge of that might impact the sub vicinity and continent.
“We genuinely accept as true with and feature passion for education as a means to development, which we all aspire to. If we should be part of the 21st century, we should take training critically. We have delivered satisfactory to the schooling we need to offer, this means that we need to offer high-quality and useful schooling to make our youngsters competitive within the worldwide market.
“I truly recognize UNESCO as a business enterprise that promotes training; and because we’re speak approximately first-class, teachers are at the heart of it and are the maximum vital factor. We will respect something support you may give to assist increase our efforts to improve on the range and best of teachers,” he pleaded to the UNESCO delegation.
UNESCO is a UN frame that seeks to construct peace through international cooperation in Education, Science, and Culture. It develops educational equipment to help humans stay as international citizens, free from hate and intolerance. The UN frame additionally works so that every toddler and citizen have got admission to excellent schooling.