September 30, 2019
By Ibrahim K. Turay
The West African Youth Network (WAYN) and Patriotic Advocacy Network (PAN) have held a day’s dialogue with students from various universities across the country, to exchange ideas in fighting injustices, marginalisation and corruption in the educational institutions.
In his address to participants, Executive Director of PAN, Ansumana Keita, said for far too long corruption has been a major cancer in educational sector and development in the country, stating that corruption has killed more people than Ebola.
He claimed that most of the sectors in the country are corrupt, but that when the educational sector is corrupted, it is a course for concern as those students from the universities are the future leaders of the country.
He called on teachers, students, pupils and parents to join force to eradicate corruption, noting that Sierra Leoneans have appreciated corruption as a normal practice.
He said plans were underway to take the sensitisation nationwide and that they have been training students, who should be ambassadors in their various universities and schools.
He said students from Fourah Bay College (FBC), Institute of Public Administration and Management(IPAM), and Limkokwing have decided to engage their colleagues and chat the way forward in the fight against corruption and injustices on campuses.
“We are strongly working with this youth as a team in order to combat the menace in the country,” he said, adding that they were working to improve media sanitization and that at the end of this year, they would hold another seminal on the same issue.
Christoph Schlimperet, WAYN representative, said there were a lot of discussions going on in various universities, schools and that they were trying to meet with stakeholders in the educational sectors.
“We want to fight against corruption and marginalisation and to ensure that in future, Sierra Leone will be back to where it was as the Athens of West African,” he said
James Fortune, one of the organisers of the program said although the general public sees corruption as a problem of social justice, the academic literature has explored it as a problem of development.
He said corruption can be justified only when the gains are large enough to clearly outweigh the loss in formal justice.