Sierra Leone proudly marked the International Day of Education on January 24th, 2024, with a grand celebration in Bo City. The event saw the participation of prominent figures, including President Julius Maada Bio, his wife, and the Minister of Education, along with various government officials and students from across the nation.
President Bio, addressing the Citizens, expressed his heartfelt wishes for a Happy International Day of Education to all Sierra Leoneans. He underscored the pivotal role education plays in determining the greatness of the nation, stating, “The true measure of Sierra Leone’s greatness lies in the quality of education we provide our children.”
Highlighting the government’s commitment to education, President Bio outlined significant strides in ensuring universal access to education and achieving gender parity at both primary and secondary school levels. These efforts reflect a dedicated push toward enhancing educational opportunities for all, setting the stage for the nation’s progress.
The President reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to improving the quality of education, a crucial step in propelling Sierra Leone toward Middle-Income Status. He emphasized that education is the cornerstone of societal advancement and economic growth, emphasizing its transformative power in shaping the nation’s future.
The theme for this year’s celebration, “LEARNING FOR LASTING PEACE,” holds profound significance. President Bio stressed the vital role of education in fostering a peaceful society and building a sustainable future. The theme serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to preserve peace in Sierra Leone, underlining the interconnection between education and the overall well-being of the nation.
President Bio’s vision for Sierra Leone goes beyond mere academic achievement; it encompasses the holistic development of individuals capable of contributing to a harmonious and prosperous society. Education, in this context, becomes a catalyst for positive change, nurturing not only intellectual growth but also instilling values that promote lasting peace.
The event in Bo City provided a platform for government officials, educators, and students to come together, reflecting a shared commitment to the transformative power of education. As Sierra Leone celebrated the International Day of Education, the focus remained on creating an environment where learning becomes a tool for empowerment, resilience, and, ultimately, lasting peace.
President Bio’s words echoed a vision where education becomes the cornerstone for a brighter, more peaceful future, reflecting the collective aspiration of the nation towards progress and prosperity.