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Caritas helping pupils in schools to stay focus

November 13, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie  

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Caritas Freetown continues to engage pupils, especially girls in the Western Area, on the need to stay focused in school and not allow material things to distract them from their academic work.

The Christian-based organisation has for the past one year been implementing an educational project which teaches pupils in primary and secondary schools to say no to sex, as well as the ability to know what is wrong and stand up for what they deem right.

According to Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Grace E. Jones, the aim of the Life Skills Education project, also dubbed Wind of Hope, which is being sponsored by the Kinder Missionswerk, was to help school pupils grow into becoming promising young men and women, thereby serving as role models.

She said the project has recorded successes based on the feedback they have been receiving from beneficiary schools.

Mrs. Jones was speaking to Concord Times last Friday at the St Anthony’s Girls Primary School during a public display of what pupils have been learned as a result of the project.

The pupils demonstrated, through short skits, why it is important to be educated, stay away from sexual activity and be focused and report men in society that prey on young girls and have unprotected sex with them.

“We see our young girls being used and abused by men in society. We are teaching them to be able to say no to such act by our men. We want them to say no to what is wrong and stand up for what is right,” Mrs. Jones said.

She disclosed that they are in the process of folding up the project, which has successfully implemented in four schools – St Anthony’s Girls Primary school, St Joseph’s Convent, St Anthony’s Boys Primary School and St. Joseph’s Primary School – and expressed that it would be replicated in other schools in the municipality if funds were available.

“The pupils have also learned more about HIV/AIDS. We are seeing unprotected sex among our young girls, which exposes them to diseases. We also taught them to be respectful at all times,” she added.

Representing St. Anthony’s Boys Primary School, teacher Francess Lahai thanked Caritas for initiating the project, adding that it has helped in shaping the mind set of pupils, especially the girl child.

“The project was really timely. The pupils have been able to learn a lot and it is really a wind of hope for them,” she said.

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