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Girl Child Education Campaign Takes Top Gear in Sierra Leone
By Augustine Samba & Salia Genda
Feb 26, 2009, 17:10
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Plan International Sierra Leone have collaborated with the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports, to host a three-day football competition, geared towards intensifying the campaign to support girl child education in the district. The well attended competition ended on the 22nd February 2009 at the Kailahun District Education Council (KDEC) Primary School Field in Kailahun town.

Six senior secondary schools in the district, including the Kissy Tongi High Vocational Technical Secondary School, Kissy Bendu Secondary School in Koindu, Jawie Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School of Daru, National Secondary School in Kailahun and the Methodist Secondary School in Kailahun, took part in the event.

The ceremony attracted a wide spectrum of respected personalities in the persons of School Principals, the Paramount Chief, PC Banya of Luava Chiefdom in the Kailahun District, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) personnel, the Kailahun District Council Chairman Tommy Nyuma, the Police Local Unit Commander (LUC) Kailahun Branch, Mr. M.M Kamara and Plan International officials.

In his opening remarks, the Plan Project Officer, James Conteh maintained that the programme is geared towards awareness raising to support the girl child education. Education, he said, always go with something that will motivate it. "Teenage pregnancy, early marriages and poverty are among the numerous barriers to girl child education in the district", he disclosed. He therefore urged parents to encourage the girl child to achieve their educational goal.

LUC M.M. Kamara in his submission vowed to do everything within his powers to protect the girl child against violence, adding that sporting activities will help motivate children to become active and hardworking.


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