Plan International and British Council Donate
In concert with the British Council, Plan International-Sierra Leone on Thursday, June 20, donated a huge consignment of Teaching English Radio (TER) and Learning English Radio (LER) audio equipment to the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) during a ceremony at the Hotel 5-10 in Freetown.
The donation is aimed at alleviating the mass failure in English which has been plaguing our educational system for several years now. Teaching and Learning English via Radio is a programme designed by the British Council to support the teaching and learning of English.
Welcoming the Plan/British Council team, the SLTU President, Abdulai Koroma, described the donation as timely, marking another milestone in the history of education in the country. He noted that English is not the mother tongue of Sierra Leoneans many of whom, he said, get obstacles in the correct usage of the language, especially in terms of grammar and context. To overcome these difficulties, the SLTU President urged teachers and learners to acculturate the habit of reading and writing and to listen to better users of the Queen’s Language.
The Director of British Council, Louisa Wadding, expressed optimism that the CD player will be judiciously utilized to promote the teaching and learning of English. She also expressed tremendous gratitude for the collaborative efforts exerted by all concerned parties to foster good quality education, especially the use of English in the country.
On behalf of the Country Director, The Learning Advisor of Plan International-Sierra Leone, Martin Foday, recalled that in May, 2011, Plan International and the British Council signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) that set out the areas of cooperation between the two organisations regarding the Teaching English Radio (TER) and Learning English Radio (LER) programmes in Sierra Leone.
Mr Foday pointed out that it was the British Council that proposed to Plan International that the programmes be used as an added resource to Plan’s teacher training programmes and to develop the professional skills of all English Teachers.
By Francis Gberie
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