First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma on Wednesday 7th January 2009 showered praises on the initiators of the School for Dropouts Project. Speaking at her Presidential Lodge Office, Hill Station in Freetown, the First Lady described the initiative as timely considering the soaring rate in the number of children, especially the girl child, who leave school at early ages due to poverty and pregnancy.
These observations were made during a courtesy call on the First Lady by Mrs. Kamara and Dr. Muriel Smith from Bermuda.
Mrs. Sia Koroma pledged her support for the initiative as she puts it "the project will reduce the high rate of illiteracy among women in the country." Women, she continued, formed a large percentage of the country’s population. She however expressed concern over the limited opportunities accorded them as a result of traditional perceptions.
She said the initiative is in consonance with her vision to establish a school of excellence which would bring together children from different background to achieve quality education.
Earlier, Mrs. Kamara introduced Dr. Muriel Smith to the First Lady. She stated that Dr. Smith is an educationist who is specialized in developing schools curricula in mathematics. The project, she pointed out, is the sole initiative of Dr. Smith
Dr. Muriel Smith expressed the desire to help develop the curricula of the school for the dropouts.
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