The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma on Thursday 7th September 2010 presented scholarship to 240 students and pupils drawn from various schools across the country. The ceremony which was held at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown attracted hundreds of dignitaries from all works of life. The beneficiary pupils and their parents and guardians were also in attendance. The scholarships were awarded in line with the First Lady’s Attitudinal Change in Schools (FLACIS) Project. The ceremony had as theme ‘Educate Now to Build a Better Sierra Leone.’
In her statement, Madam Koroma said she was very hopeful of a brighter and a prosperous future for Sierra Leone if we continue to invest into young people, especially those pursuing education and skills training. “No nation can afford to neglect the education of her citizens because it is the vehicle conveying quality development of any nation,” she stated. She informed that since her husband took the mantle of leadership of the country, she had been preoccupied with the thought of what we stood to benefit if we continue to invest in young people. She revealed that the goal of her project is the training of the heart to desire what is good and to choose and desire what is right.
She admonished the recipients to utilize the offers judiciously and to also serve as role models in their various institutions and the society at large. To the parents and guardians, the First Lady entreated them to help the teachers in the fight to achieve quality education as she put it ‘parents have much to deliver to their children.’ She also used the forum to commend Mercury International and Cape Lambert for giving support to her project to actualize her scholarships award dream.
The First Lady used the occasion as an opportunity to disclose of her project’s accomplishment in coming out with a text book on Attitudinal and Behavioral Change.
Rev Dr. Modupe Taylor Pearce who is a member of the project in his statement said the project started since 2007 in furtherance of the president’s vision of attitudinal and behavioral change. He informed that in their own vision, they thought of starting this change in the school system first as the backbone of every nation. “As the slogan goes ‘Attitude Can Be Changed,’ our attitudes must be change,” he stated.
Statements were also made by various speakers including Mercury International and Cape Lambert representatives as well as the Deputy Minister of Education, Alhaji Alghassimu Jah and an educationist, Dr. Tababi Aisie Lucan.
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