Legal Aid Board Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child
The Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board past Tuesday 11th October, 2016 joined the Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School to observe this year’s International Day of the Girl Child at the School ground on Kissy road, central Freetown.
The program was organized by the Legal Aid Board ‘School Legal Education Outreach’ led by the Western Area Programme Coordinator of the Board Mohamed K. Tejan-Rahman.
Giving a brief statement, The Legal Aid Board Western Area Programme Coordinator Mohamed K. Tejan Rahman praise the school administration for keeping the School flag on the top as the first secondary school for girls in Sierra Leone since the 18th Century and thanked the school administration and Pupils for maintaining the status of the school.
He further enlightening the pupils about the mandate of the Board and its numerous activities since revealing that the Legal Aid Board started its operations in May 2015 pointing out that the Board can provide legal advice and representation to the poor that Lawyers cannot provide. He said Lawyers charged huge sums of money from their clients that many cannot afford to pay.
The Legal Aid Board Western Area Programme Coordinator further reminded the pupils that the Board will soon introduce the ‘Child Protection through the Child Rights Act to protect children against abuse and the rights they deserve during Childhood period which they should enjoy adding that the Board will soon establish ‘Rights to Justice School Clubs’ in Schools that will empower Pupils to know their rights and responsibilities but warned that such privileges does not warrant them licenses to go on the rampage to perpetrate violence as was the case in recent times but activities that would promote Law and Order in Society.
He also encouraged the Pupils to be studios stressing that, education is the ticket for a brighter future, advised them to respect their Parents, Elders, school authorities as well as their peers and should desist from joining cliques and gangs. ‘’You should serve as ‘Ambassadors for Peace’’ he said.
The Principal of the School, Mrs. Ophelia Morison, who also doubles as the Chairman Conference of Principals for the Western Area expressed delight and noted that attention of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board to join commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child is timely citing the legal Education the Board has impacted on the pupils for which she invited the Board to attend the conference of Principals to which she is the chairperson..
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The event was climax with celebrations.
By Viktor Tutu Rogers
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