From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Fonti advocates for alternative education
May 25, 2017, 17:02

Journalist Abdul Karim (Fonti) Kabia has called on the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and donor partners across the world to consider the introduction of alternative means of education in Sierra Leone.


At the first annual youth summit organised by the IDB in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 15th and 16th May 2016 on the sidelines of the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the Bank, the young journalist bemoaned the current educational system in the country.


"It is unfortunate that we continue to operate on an educational curriculum that is outdated and no longer useful to the current job market, in addition to mass failures and school dropouts," Fonti said, adding: "It could seem that the traditional classroom means of education needs support with an alternative means of education for young people".


According to the rights activist, the introduction of modern means of learning and teaching will immensely boost education in the country.


"Mass media mean of education, which will including teaching and learning through radio and television could be a viable option to compliment the classroom type of education," he suggested, adding that it will also boost access to education.


He further advocated for alternative examination bodies, as according to him, it is unreasonable to continue to have a single examination body that has now been marred by corruption.


"It is high time we started to consider the introduction of alternative examination bodies so that young people will have options to get themselves educated, instead of all having to go through WAEC from primary onto university levels."


The recommendation of Journalist Fonti, which also included appeals for educational scholarships and micro-finances for young entrepreneurs were prominently featured on the final communiqué of the summit that was presented to the governors of the bank.  

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