The Executive Director of the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Secretariat, Dr. Ivan Agibola Thomas, has stated that attitudinal change is a criterion for the President’s Agenda for Change.
He made this statement at a stakeholders’ meeting at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information and Communications over the weekend.
Dr. Thomas said they have made tremendous strides in educating and informing the public about the virtues of good attitude, noting that the campaign should not only be restricted to Freetown, but should also be taken to other parts of the country
The ABC Executive Director disclosed that the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Secretariat has set up an Advisory Board to advice the secretariat on it activities.
He said the Advisory Board comprises representatives from the Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, Guild of Editors, Council of Churches of Sierra Leone, Coalition of Civil Society, Human Rights Activists, Supreme Islamic Council, Women’s Forum and the Youth Commission.
Dr. Thomas told his audience that they are preparing to launch attitudinal and behavioral change campaigns at the various institutions in the country, saying that the campaign will enable the secretariat to reach students and impact their behavior. The National Coordinator and Deputy Director for Attitudinal and Behavioral Change, Mrs. Nanette Thomas, said the issue of attitude should be everybody’s business and it should not be politicized.
She encouraged every Sierra Leonean to come on board in order to help realize the President’s Agenda for Change. The Project Coordinator, Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Eileen West, said the First Lady has been working tirelessly to help complement the President’s vision for change.
She stated that the First Lady has been working on the production of four text books that will be included into the curriculum of the primary school syllabus, saying that they are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Mrs. West assured the audience that the books will have a lot of impact on the educational sector.
She said the contents of the books will include topics like civic responsibilities, good attitude, good behavior and the like.
Mrs. Eileen West said for a start, they are targeting twenty-five schools country wide as a pilot program for a period of one year to evaluate the efficiency of the program, adding that they will conduct workshops and seminars for teachers on how it should be taught in schools.
The Group President of Supreme Inc., Lawrence Spencer- Coker, said his organization has been working effectively to bring positive change in the minds of Sierra Leoneans. Mr. Spencer said they are targeting one hundred negative attitudes that they have identified as a threat to the development of society. He said they are coming up with a five minutes drama program that will be shown on TV for people to imbibe the culture of good attitude and behavior.
By Solomon Rogers