Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In an effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone, a one day transformative training event was organised by the Africell Impact Foundation (AIF), the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education (MTHE), and their partner, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSEPS).
This event was designed to equip participants with essential skills in innovation and entrepreneurship, setting the stage for a brighter and more competitive educational future in the country and offering them the tools needed to excel in leadership to make use of entrepreneurial opportunities.
The event unfolded at the Multi-purpose Hall on Fourah Bay College Campus in Freetown, where 30 participants, including students and faculty members from six universities across Sierra Leone gathered with a shared aspiration to enhance their skill set and contribute to the nation’s educational development.
During the event, the Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Mr. Sarjoh Aziz-Kamara, expressed his commendation for the AIF’s dedication to education and innovation. He highlighted Africell’s pivotal role in supporting community development through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and its commitment to the transformation of Sierra Leone’s educational landscape.
Mr. Aziz-Kamara, while acknowledging the country’s rich history of higher education, stressed the pressing need for progress that aligns with the demands of the 21st-century industrial revolution.
“This training initiative is viewed as the foundation for closer collaboration and is aligned with Sierra Leone’s vision of achieving higher educational excellence and global competitiveness. It is seen as a vital support to the ongoing transformation of education in the country,” he said.
Representing the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ms. Laura Jane Silverman showcased the institution’s expertise in economics, law, management, and politics. She introduced the attendees to LSEPS Generate, a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship that aims to empower emerging leaders with the skills and knowledge essential for success. “The partnership between Africell and LSEPS Generate seeks to deliver high-quality professional training to students and faculty members,” Ms. Silverman emphasized.
Mr. Sam Williams, the Africell Group Communications Director, underlined the critical importance of soft skills in the modern workplace. He emphasized that the training would not only impart traditional textbook knowledge but also fortify the abilities necessary for the success of students and faculty members.
Sharing their vision for the future, Mr. Williams disclosed plans for an ongoing program with LSEPS potentially returning next year. According to him, this extended initiative include school children in addition to university students, thereby broadening its impact and reach.
One of the participants, Ms. Marian F. Kargbo, a student from the Milton Margai Technical University, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the AIF and its partners for organizing the event. She shared valuable insights gained during the leadership portion of the training, highlighting the importance of active listening for effective leadership. Ms. Kargbo pledged to apply the skills and knowledge she acquired to make a positive impact, reflecting the inspiring potential for change sparked by this remarkable collaboration. PSN/1/11/2023