EU allocates 40 million Euros to support education, human capital development

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By Alfred Koroma

Photo of the equipment unveiled by, Minister David Sengeh, EU representative and other government officials

The European Union has allocated 40 million Euros to support education and human capital development in Sierra Leone, says Mario Aivano, Team Leader of EU Delegation following education.

The fund will be used to support education and related human capital development projects in Sierra Leone from 2023 to 2025.

The EU Diplomat made the disclosure while launching the distribution of equipment for science labs at the Prince of Wales schools last week Friday afternoon. 

Education is our priority, Aivano said, highlighting EU to improve access to education, improve the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and the Teaching Service Commission.

We have constructed more than one hundred schools.  Over the years, EU has committed to continue considering education as one of its priorities and 40 million Euros has been allocated for human capital development, he added.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, David Sengeh said more students are now pursuing science innovations in greater terms than ever before.

He highlighted various awards Sierra Leonean students have recently won at the global stage.  He thanked the EU for their great partnership and called on the schools authorities to use the facilities and allow students to experiment.

About 126 items, including measuring devices, microscopes were unveiled for science programs in schools.

Recipient of the equipment, George A Lefevre, Principal of Prince Of Wales School expressed delight for benefiting from the equipment and thanked the EU and the Government of Sierra Leone for their support.

Vice President of the Sierra Leone Teachers Union, Ibrahim Bankapoma Kargbo described the equipment as a mile stone and encouraged the beneficiaries to handle the materials with care.

Representatives from the Teaching Service Commission, the National Authorizing Office and the civil society organizations also made statements at the event, appreciating EU and the Government of Sierra Leone for equipping school labs. 

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