The Coordinator of Education for All Sierra Leoneans Joseph Archie Kobna yesterday launched the Global Action Week at their Robert Street office.
The theme for this years’ observation is ‘Education Financing’ and it is in line with some 15 million children in over 100 countries around the world that will sit down and take one lesson in support of the 1-GOAL campaign aiming to get all children in to schools. He said with Africa’s first world cup just over 50 days away, the campaign is seeking to secure $16billion a year in funding from world leaders to ensure that the 72 million children currently unable to go to school, receive education.
The coordinator also said backed by FIFA’s 1-GOAL, the new funding should come from both increased aid commitments from rich countries as well as budget commitments from developing countries. In Sierra Leone, he went on, during the global week state authorities, football stars, football associations, football clubs, celebrities, civil society activist, teachers union, school children and education stakeholders, will be signing to the 1-GOAL campaign at a policy forum. He demanded an increased budgetary allocation to education noting that government should spend at least 20% of their budget on education and 50% of it should be invested in primary education and not the reverse.
The coordinator also said government should provide the necessary resources and capacity for effective operations of local councils in line with the devolution process and local councils, education stakeholders and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports should work closely for effective service delivery to promote quality public education at all
By Ishmael Bayoh