By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) has commissioned three schools in Rowalla Community Girls School at Rowalla village in the Kholifa Rowalla Chiefdom, Tonkolili district, the Mayiba Community Girls School in Port Loko district, and the Makama Girls School in Bombali district, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Area Manager of Girls Education Challenge (GEC) Project in Tonkolili, Mohamed Momin Hossain, said that since 2008 BRAC had provided micro finance, health, poultry support to communities in the district, adding that in 2013 Education was included in as part of their thematic areas of intervention.
He said BRAC was currently operating in Kholifa Rowalla and Tane Chiefdoms in the district, in active collaboration with schools, and that plans were underway to extend operations in the nine remaining chiefdoms. He said beneficiaries in their target communities would gain from free education, including the supply of school materials.
The Area Programme Manager of GEC Project in Port Loko District, Abdul Razzaq maintained that the goal of the project was to bring marginalised girls back to school as one of the aims of the organization is to provide support to girls living in remote communities in the country.
He said GEC Project commenced in 2013 as a pilot and that 17March was a remarkable day for BRAC in the history of Sierra Leone because of the achievement attained.
Deputy Director of Education in Tonkolili District, who represented the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mohamed A. Turay, expressed thanks and appreciation to BRAC for their laudable achievement in the education sector, and in particular complementing government’s effort in the sector.
In a related development, the organisation has also commissioned another girls school in Makama village, Bombali District.
Speaking at the ceremony, Area Manager of Girls Education Challenge (GEC) Project in Bombali, Nazrul Islam said plans were underway to establish twenty schools in the district and that each of the schools would accommodate thirty female pupils, with a total of 600 female pupils enrolled in the established schools. He said each school would have at least one female teacher, and the following subjects, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, would be offered, adding that 1,200 teachers would receive further basic training, and 900 would receive training in specific subjects.