March 25, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Project Coordinator of Heaven Seekers Youth Foundation (HSYF) has disclosed plans to organise district tutorial classes across the country, especially targeting those districts that have been performing poorly in public examinations.
Outlining projects to be undertaken during the launch of the foundation over the weekend, Edwin Beccles noted that the country’s educational status is currently not to at par with her sub-regional neighbours, which is why they intend to embark on the initiative, beginning with Koinadugu district in the north.
He also disclosed that educational materials, including 1000 boxes of past examination papers, will be supplied to the various districts to help those preparing for public exams.
Also, Mr. Beccles spoke about their intention to engage in tutorials targeting pregnant teenagers in all districts of the country, stating that their research had noted that teenage pregnancy is primarily as a result of poverty and ignorance of young girls.
“In Sierra Leone, early child bearing and teenage pregnancy is one of the pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress. All teenage pregnancies, irrespective of the outcome, have adverse consequences for the girls themselves, parents and communities,” he said.
The HSYF project coordinator also talked about plans to erect educational centers for students and less-privileged youth, counseling centers for youth in need of people to talk to, recreational centers and youth media center.
Also speaking, Programmes Manager Abdulai Keita Bangura said one of the goals of HSYF is to improve the economic, political and socio-religious role, conditions and responsibilities of ill-fated youth, as well as providing basic literacy instructions and courses to out-of-school youth.
The foundation’s Executive Director, Emmanuel Kamara, called on the youth to think about the power of attitude, noting, “We believe developing the youth to positively contribute to the growth of society is paramount.”
While launching the foundation, Chairman, Koinadugu District Council, Sheku Kamara, encouraged members not to relent in their move to help their colleagues get out of the ills of society.
“We are aware that about 35% of our population are youth and if they are well equipped, they will be useful to themselves and the society where they live,” he said and added that as chairman Board of Trustees of the foundation, he will provide his unflinching support to ensure success in their outlined projects.