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In Sierra Leone, Former Bank Governor Talks on Link Between Education & Development
By Augustine Samba
Feb 23, 2009, 00:18
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The former Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) has said there is a positive correlation between education and development. Dr. J.D. Rogers maintained that this is further reinforced by the process of education taking place in an environment of discipline, the foundation on which he stressed a firm structure for development and nation building is built.

Speaking on Friday 20th February 2009 at the 101st Prize Giving Ceremony of his alma mater, the St. Helena A.M.E Secondary School, Dr. Rogers stated that in order for a nation state to develop and hold its own in a fiercely competitive global environment, certain adaptations and transformations of various physical, social and economic processes and structures are necessary, adding that the role of education is to assist its recipients to be part of this transformation process, not just as producers (government, private sector, civil society, principals, teachers and parents) and consumers (the population at large), but also as members of a cohesive community influencing the process of nation building.

The Saint Helena Secondary School which he referred to as an epitome of distinguished achievement in the field of education, has, and must continue its role in nation building.

He said from a modest beginning in 1908, the school has stood the test of time, pointing out that an all male school for a significant length of its existence has now been transformed into an exotic blend of male and female students, with the latter even in larger numbers.

This he stressed, is a testimony to the schools commitment to the education of the girl child in a predominantly male dominated society.

In his earlier submission, he told the pupils that "I am on very familiar grounds, as many years ago I traversed the corridors, classrooms and playground of this school in search of knowledge. Knowledge I did receive in abundance, as I cruised from here to the Albert Academy Secondary School where I successfully completed the GCE A Levels on my way to the Economics Department in Fourah Bay College. The foundation here was very sound and I found it extremely rewarding and easy to build upon".

Speaking on the theme Education and Nation Building, Dr. J.D. Rogers pointed out that an educated nation is one poised to take off into self-sustained growth and development, adding on the contrary that an uneducated nation is one doomed for failure.

He congratulated the junior and secondary principals of the school alongside the teachers, for what he referred to as a job well done and urged them to keep it up. To the students, he pointed out that they should count themselves lucky to have been enrolled at the school, adding that they have a daunting challenge by merely trying to emulate past illustrious pupils and sustaining the high standard required by the school. Earlier in his remarks, the acting Principal of the Saint Helena Senior Secondary School, Tamba Gborie, thanked all those present and gave a special applause to Mr. J.D. Rogers, whose achievements in life he said, the school is proud of.

The ceremony was climaxed by the granting of awards to deserving pupils.

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