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STATEMENT DELIVERED BY MRS. SIA NYAMA KOROMA AT THE FIRST LADYíS ATTITUDINAL CHANGE IN SCHOOLS (FLAXIS) AT THE 2011 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAMME AT THE MIATTA HALL ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12th 2011
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Permit me to thank all of the previous speakers for their wonderful remarks. It is good to know that all of us care about the education of our children. Let me also extend a special thank you to professor Gbamanja for your brilliant remarks and for your selfless service to promote quality education in our nation. I speak for all of us when I say that the people of Sierra Leone are grateful.

Nothing pleases me more than to be here surrounded by the 2011 recipients of my FLAXIS scholarship programme. It is truly an honour and pleasure to be here with you today.

There is no better investment that we can make than in the education of our children. You are our future ICT specialists, software engineers, scientists, musicians, film producers, teachers, doctors, nurses and politicians. Education is the foundation for the prosperity of individuals and nations. The challenge before us as a people is to ensure that our efforts to provide quality education and care for our children are realised.

MRS. SIA NYAMA KOROMA

In our commitment to help promote the education of the children of Sierra Leone this year, my office is awarding national scholarships in the amount of 250 million Leones. Students from all regions Ė North, South, East, and West will benefit from these scholarships.

I hold on to the belief that no nation can afford to neglect the education of her citizens because it is the vehicle conveying quality development of any country. I absolutely agree with the social commentators that education is the key to the development of human capital, which is the basis of national economic development. We must realise that education is also one of the important fundamental rights of individuals. As we approach the countdown to the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, we need to ask ourselves how best we can contribute to help to improve the quality of education in our nation as we try to achieve universal primary education. To a large extent, this must be done with some urgency because we have been entrusted the responsibility of addressing this important developmental goal.

FLAXIS is the acronym for First Ladyís Attitudinal Change In Schools. The FLAXIS Project is a deliberate response to the clarion call of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone for the need for attitudinal and behaviourial change in our society. What better way to effect change of attitude in our nation than to educate the minds of our children! This is necessary for them to acquire adequate and appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable them to function optimally as respected citizens of Sierra Leone. The FLAXIS scholarship project reaches out to needy students who have the brainpower but not the means to further their education. Experience has taught us that in most instances, we usually encounter boys and girls who are smart but poverty inhibits them from actualising their educational goals.

We know that in every society, education connotes acquisition of something good, something worthwhile. It is the process through which individuals are made functional members of their respective societies. The FLAXIS educational project has as its goal the training of the heart to desire what is good, and the will to choose and desire what is right, as well as the mind to understand how to live respectfully as real citizens in Sierra Leone and the rest of the world. We aim to promote education far and wide because we believe that the hearts of our children need to be reformed and purified.

As part of the FLAXIS project, we will be coming out with text books and teacher manuals on ďCitizen Education on attitudinal and behavioural change in Sierra Leone.Ē The Curriculum Research Department at the Ministry of Education has finalised the editing of the text books and the findings and recommendation for approval will be presented to the Minister of Education next week. In the not too distant future, my office will be formally launching these text books. With the publication of these text books, it is our desired hope that we will be able to influence the attitudes of our school children to understand and appreciate the value of making positive changes and positive choices in life. Teacher manuals are also being developed to accompany these text books and the editing of these manuals will be completed by the end of the month. We are not only involved in the production of text books and manuals, we have also provided lap desks to students all over the nation, we have provided school bags, text books, computers, printers and¬† sewing machines to empower women and promote girl child education Ė and we will continue to do more.

I need to offer a thank you and congratulations to the parents, family members, relatives, teachers, and to our special donor representatives from NATCOM, Cape Lambert, Redcoat, Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, and Five Stars Business Services. All of you deserve a big thanks and congratulations for a job well done. It really does take a village to raise a child and without that proper foundation of support, love, tough love, and encouragement that comes from all of you, these students would not be here today.

To our recipients today, one of the main ways of being diligent is to pay particular attention to the pursuit of knowledge. Let me remind you that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and your lives. Our nation is undergoing an enormous transformation today and so is the rest of the world. I see you as participants in leading and shaping this transformation and it makes me feel good about our countryís future. I am sure that you will value the scholarships and more importantly, bring home good grades that will make your parents proud. You are our pride and future leaders of Sierra Leone.

Let me once again congratulate you and encourage you to go forth and learn. Be a part of the change. Make a difference. Enjoy what the future holds, because I am sure it will be very bright for all of you and thus for all of us.

God bless you.


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