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Sierra Unite Kanga schools project makes computer literacy a priority

Sierra Unite Kanga schools project makes computer literacy a priority

Following a recent donation of 28 Honda generators to 9 schools nation-wide, the sponsors of the Kanga schools project under the indefatigable international co-ordinator Madam Barbie Davies has recently completed a three day tour in the provinces. The Kanga schools project is a philanthropic organization based in Sydney, Australia, with its direct branch in Sierra Leone under the distinguished co-ordinator Mr. Alusine Osayo Kamara.

This educational oriented organization has sponsored over 30 schools including tertiary institutions like the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and the Sierra Leone Library Board. As an organization geared towards achieving standard education for school children and students in tertiary institutions by providing updated teaching and learning materials; the formidable voluntary members of Sierra Unite/Kanga schools project in Australia have thought it fit and timely to provide and make computer accessible to school children and students in order to meet the education demands of this dynamic world.

The 21st century has seen computer literacy as a paramount tool in meeting one of the requirements of this rapid growing global village. Thus, there is absolute for one to become computer literate and its significance cannot be over emphasized. In desperate efforts to put Sierra Leone at par with other developing and developed countries, the patriotic Sierra Leoneans who went to Australia as refugees and the passionate heart of Madam Barbie Davies have seen it as an imperative priority to make school children in Sierra Leone to become computer proficient.

Sierra Unite team in Sierra Leone
Sierra Unite team in Sierra Leone

In a curious mood to achieve that goal, visiting teams from Australia under the astute leadership of both Mr. Murray Kanneh and Mr. Saidu Kamara including the “nucleus” of the organization Madam Barbie Davies and other educational activists have recently ended a three day enumeration visit in Pujehun District. The primary motive behind this assessment tour was to ascertain as to whether the teaching and learning materials including standard desk top flat screen computers reached their targeted beneficiaries i.e., school children. This assessment visit started in the Western area, Freetown specifically and it was an impressive one, though some challenges were met on the way, yet the tour was a success as school children within the ages of 7-10 in Kambia district have accessed computers and other valuable learning materials.

In this same vein, it is worth noting here that if Sierra Leone is to surmount its educational short comings and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (NDG) by providing free and standard education for primary school pupils by 2015; government and other stakeholders must give special priority and access to free custom charges to Kanga schools project. As this project has been dedicated years for quality education to all primary, secondary tertiary institutions, it is therefore necessary for government and other line ministries to share the responsibility and burden in achieving that goal.

Sierra Leone as a post conflict nation needs enormous support in building on its human resources, and this could only be achieved if Sierra Unite/Kanga schools project is given the opportunity without hindrance by levying heavy custom tax on their consignment when they are due in Freetown.

For Kanga schools project to thrive in Sierra Leone, the relentless efforts of patriotic voluntary Sierra Leoneans could not go unnoticed. One of such Sierra Leoneans has been the national co-ordinator of the project Mr.. Alusine Osayo Kamara who is not rendering physical service to the organization but also his time, money and even vehicles to enhance the movement of staff and other volunteers. Other vibrant members of staff that do the bulk of the project work here are Mr. Jusu, Mr. Alex Vandi, and Mr. Daniel. These people deserve commendation as they are working earnestly in achieving standard education for future generations of Sierra Leone.

In all the big town and villages visited in the north and south-east where Kanga schools project exist rapturously welcome Madam Barbie Davies and team. They also commended members of the team by expressing their appreciation and thanks for what Kanga schools project has done. March passes and cultural dances were done all as appreciative gesture for what Kanga schools project has under taken to see learning becomes a comfort for their children.   

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