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Sierra Unite/Kanga Schools complete first phase of training

Sierra Unite/Kanga Schools complete first phase of training

Sierra Unite/Kanga Schools Project based in Sierra Leone and in Australia has in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Library Board completed the first phase of the training of teachers in library administration in the various schools where they have built libraries and supplied books and computers for all over the country.

Recently, twenty two (22) institutions have benefited from the Sierra Unite/Kanga School project with the supply of over three thousand (3,000) cartoons of assorted text books, and over three hundred (300) desk top computers to help build the capacity of teachers and augment the learning process in the beneficiary schools. 

Sierra Unite with its four (4) volunteers based in Sierra Leone (Mr. Alusine O Kamara, Alex Vandi, Mohamed Jusu and Joseph Vandi) complement the efforts of their brothers in Australia (the Kanga School Project) have worked assiduously to ensure that the aim of the project comes through. According to the coordinator of the Sierra Leone Chapter of the project, Alusine O Kamara, the training is arranged to be completed in two phases; with the first phase completed, and the second phase to start on the 14th to the 25th September, 2009. The training, Mr. Kamara stated, is done in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Library Board providing the technical aspect of the training.

The first phase was completed Friday, 11th of September, and was conducted for the Murray Town Municipal Junior Secondary School, Kaningo Primary School-Lumley, Freetown, Yoni Bana Secondary School Yoni Tonkolili, Charles Lwanga Primary School Kenema, R.C. Primary School Magbembeh, Masimera Cheifdom Port Loko District, St Ambrose and Bai Farama Junior Secondary School Maron Safrokoh- Port Loko District and Sanda Agriculture Secondary School Gbanti Gbanti Kamaranka Chiefdom.

At the end of the each training, participants received certificates of participation where the Chief Librarian Mr. Turay and the Training Coordinator admonished the teachers to demonstrate what they have learnt within the past two weeks so that the books given to their schools will be used and maintained properly.

Participants (teachers) praised the Kanga School project for having such interest in them as according to them such training is not available in teacher training colleges in the country. They promised to use the knowledge acquired in the required manner and in the interest of the primary beneficiaries – the school pupils.

On the setting up of the libraries the various heads of school in the country told Sierra Express that the project has done tremendously well for them in the way of establishing state of the art libraries, which could not have been done by any other institution as government seems to ignore this aspect of children’s education in the country. 

In all, the project has constructed five libraries for various schools in the country with the Western area benefiting from one, the south having one, and three in the northern province of the country where the need seems greater. The Kanga School project this Press has also learnt has replenished supplies of books and computers in seventeen other schools in the country and the Sierra Leone Library Board; a move that has been lauded by educational stakeholders in the country.

According to one of the volunteers Mr. Alex Vandi, more schools are bound to benefit from the project in the coming packages to be shipped from Australia in the coming months.

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