Knowledge Exchange Survey for Freetown… Magburaka
With funds from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Society for Knowledge Management-Sierra Leone (SKMSL) has successfully trained data enumerators in Freetown to embark on a knowledge exchange survey of civil society organizations in Magburaka, in the Tonkolili District, and in Freetown which have been identified to donors as pilot places.
As trainer and facilitator for the one-day workshop, consultant and former Fourah Bay College lecturer, Alusine Bakarr, implored participants to come out with quality result at the end of the data collection exercise. He called on the enumerators to enter exactly the responses of the respondents.
Speaking on the significance of the training, Programmes Director of SKMSL, Umaru Bangura noted that the training will enable the enumerators collect rough data information from the civil society angle, adding that their report will enable them establish what he referred to as knowledge bank or centres in the North and Western Areas. He said they hope to bring out comprehensive data base which will serve as information hubs to empower civil society organizations in terms of knowledge exchange.
According to SKMSL’s Programmes Coordinator, Sahid Kamara, there is need for civil society organizations to inculcate the habit of knowledge sharing. He maintained that the proposed knowledge centres would serve the purpose of the project, noting that they will enable CSOs in knowledge exchange which, he said, is the main focus of the OSIWA project.
It could be recalled that SKMSL had also held a consultative stakeholders workshop on the theme “taking care of the past and looking forward into the future”. This project, funded by UNESCO, is geared towards the repeal of the 1965 Public Archives Act. SKMSL has reportedly drafted the National Public Archives Bill 2012 which the Minister of Information of Sierra Leone has already approved although it is yet to be tabled before parliament.
By Ilyasa Baa
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