Youths hail TYPE-SL
Port Loko residents including youths over the weekend hailed the Talented Young People Everywhere-Sierra Leone (TYPE-SL), a Non-Governmental Organization with headquarters at 15 Bai Bureh Road, Freetown. (Photo: TYPE-SL Executive Director, Ibrahim H. K. Shaid)
The organization was established on 6th October, 1998 to enhance youth and community empowerment in that part of the country thereby providing conducive learning environment through the provision of electricity for pupils taking both the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior Secondary School Certification Examinations (WASSCE).
TYPE-SL Executive Director, Ibrahim H. K. Shaid (in photo) stated that the aim of the organization is for youth and community empowerment so that children and youth can realize their potentials in society.
He added that it is also to respect people’s rights and dignity and achieve lasting improvement in socioeconomic empowerment of young people through employment for livelihood and capacity building.
The TYPE-SL Executive Director said this can be done through a process of uniting communities especially the young to cut across cultural beliefs.
Ibrahim H. K. Shaid further stated that TYPE-SL is also geared to enhancing education, agriculture and health complementing government’s efforts for the advancement of the country.
He disclosed that the organization is operating in four Districts, including; Port Loko, Bo, Kambia and Bombali and has recently completed an African Development Bank (ADB) funded ASREP project in Port Loko in five chiefdoms to enhance farmers on In Valley Swamp (IVS) rehabilitation.
TYPE-SL Executive Director continued by informing that the organization is part of the Girl Education Challenge (GEC) funded by DFID through Plan-Sierra Leone recalling, “TYPE has implemented several projects including, European Commission Malaria project; providing electricity, teaching and learning materials for schools in Port Loko District and operating in one hundred and eighty-nine schools implementing GEC”.
He highlighted challenges such as the competitiveness in donor funding that is very high due to certain criteria in funding local NGOs which is frustrating and has led to limited funding making it difficult to sustain the organization.
However, Ibrahim H. K. Shaid appreciated Plan Sierra Leone, Global Fund for Children USA, ADB and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security for their supports in achieving the aims and objectives of TYPE in the transformation of the country and appealed to government and international organizations for continued support to implement youth and community empowerment programmes.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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