EFA-SL Coalition on Education Sector review
The Mission of Education for All Coalition Sierra Leone is to ensure access in quality and completion in education for all by advocating, networking and lobbying with government and other stakeholders in education nationally and internationally. It is against the background that the Education for All Sierra Leone (EFA-SL) Coalition on 27th and 28th January 2015 held a regional and annual education sector review meeting in Freetown. The meeting aimed at strengthening Civil Society Organizations that are part of the coalition and other national education working groups and platforms in the country.
The review meeting was held for the following objectives: to review coalition network activities in the regions in 2014; to plan for coalition network activities in the districts that will inform coalitional national strategy development 2015 – 2018; to develop education plans for post Ebola preparedness; and to discuss and recommend on coalition governance.
Joseph A. Cobinah is the National Coordinator of Education for All Sierra Leone. He said the review is about placing the coalition in a position of linking its networks and partners. He added that it is about space creation and coalition strengthening, and that, as he puts it: “when more space is created for CSOs there is every possibility that the CSO platform can be used to influence policy and development at a very higher degree and level in the local education group and other platforms.
Mr. Cobinah is with a strong conviction that when once the capacity of CSOs is enhanced the coalition will be in place to fulfill its desired objective in a stratum of engagement and this is possible with more space provided in local education groups and other platforms.
Chairman/Focal Person for the Western Area, Davidson Kuyateh said the Ebola outbreak has created a heavy dent in the education sector. He suggested that civil society has a role to play to bring back the lost glory in the sector.
During the review meeting, participants had the opportunity to reflect on the status of Ebola in the country, the damage it has caused on education; plans put in place and critical thoughts and preparedness actions to be taken for the reopening of schools in the shortest possible time. They also had the opportunity to make recommendations on the issues raised on education and Ebola.
By Fadda Bakish
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