Right throughout Sierra Leone yesterday, various members of our MBSSE team were working with our partners UNFPA and other local and traditional leaders to reintegrate 600 girls back into school (200 integrated in March).
Many of these girls are:
1. Parent learners who had dropped out because of pregnancy
2. Housewives who had been forced into early marriage
3. Street children and orphans
The girls take part in an accelerated learning program in various community learning centers managed by the Non-formal Education Directorate under the leadership of Dr Musa. The 200 who were reintegrated in March 2022 all successfully completed their education and transitioned.
We are grateful for the support of our partners, the community and the girls themselves for believing in President Bio’s vision of equitable quality education for all and our Radical Inclusion policy.
Each of these 800 formerly out of school girls receive a support package comprising:
– 1 school bag
– a pair of shoes
– exercise books, pens and one mathematical set
– 2 sets of uniforms
– 1 hand sanitiser and 3 face masks
– 1 adolescent health information pack
We remain committed to our vision that education is how we develop our country.