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Sierra Leone’s Deputy Education Minister urges donor agencies in Paris to give more support to education

Sierra Leone’s Deputy Education Minister urges donor agencies in Paris to give more support to education

Deputy Education Minister 2 in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mamoud Tarawalie has urged international donor agencies to pay more attention to the advancement of quality education by providing more financial support to the relevant MDAs in developing countries.

Hon. Tarawalie however commended the donor partners in the promotion of Agriculture and health programmes in Sierra Leone, but added that for their support in Agriculture and health to become sustainable, more attention must be paid in the educational aspect.

The Deputy Minister was addressing participants at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris, France last Monday at a high level symposium on Conflict Sensitive Education organised by the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

The Symposium brought together over 150 education stakeholders to discuss the challenges for education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts, the importance of conflict-sensitive education in building resilience of nations, and to share good practices for inclusion of conflict sensitivity in education systems.

Minister Tarawalie confirmed that Sierra Leone is one of the countries that experienced conflict-sensitive education in the country’s institutions of learning ranging from decline in performance of school pupils over the years to the role of politics as a conflict-sensitive factor in the country’s educational system.

At the end of the Symposium, the participants reaffirmed that education is a human right that needs to be guaranteed and protected in situations of emergencies and fragility.

They further asserted that the development and implementation of education policies and programmes need to sensitive to conflict or the risk of conflict.

They affirmed that education policies and programmes need to support the prevention of violence and the development of competences for responsible citizenship, conflict transformation and resilience.

The participants resolved at encouraging governments responsible for education in collaboration with partners to ensure appropriate training for teachers and other education personnel, and develop, support and enable the delivery of education in situations of emergencies and fragility that is safe, relevant, equitable and inclusive for girls and boys.

They emphasised the need for conflict and crisis sensitive education to be included in the post 2015 development agenda to support the eradication of poverty and sustained economic, social and political stability and development for all.

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