President Koroma has commended the SOS family in Sierra Leone for taking the lead in the protecting children who are extremely vulnerable, to realize their potentials for the future development of the country.
The President was speaking at the official inauguration of the multi purpose SOS Village in Makeni, Makamah Village.
He used the occasion to highlight the miserable plight of over 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones) children who are currently out of school, due to abject poverty and the inadequate educational centers to cater for orphans and the neglected.
He further expressed commitment and determination to construct more schools and improve on the poor conditions of service for teachers; and also supply adequate learning materials in schools for the provision of quality education.
“My Government is going to review the 6-3-3-4 system of education and also investigate the abysmal performance of pupils in public exams; so as to correct the past mistakes and inject new ideas in to the educational system for an inclined generation of leaders” the President stressed.
The President called on parents and stake holders to give maximum care and support to their children in pursuing their educational career, to enable them become useful citizens that are development oriented.
The National Director of SOS Children’s Village Trust Sierra Leone, Olatungie E E Woode gave a historical back ground of the village and the numerous contributions of SOS to the lives of vulnerable children who had benefited from the institution in Sierra Leone.
He noted that, the SOS family can now boast of three villages in the country, and these include one in Freetown, Bo and Makeni; maintaining that the aim of the Children’s Villages is to cater for the destitute, orphans and neglected children who are extremely vulnerable.
The Director disclosed that, the SOS village has trained over 366 children and 85 youths in various academic disciplines and promised to target more vulnerable children and youths across the country, who are struggling to achieve their academic goals.
He expressed gratitude to the Government and development partners for making the project a reality; and also commended the SOS Kinderdorf International for providing the funds and expertise for the construction of the SOS Village in Makeni and promised to utilize the facilities for the intended purpose.
The Secretary General of SOS Kinderdorf International, Richard Pichler, gave a short and remarkable speech in which he said “it is up to the children to make good use of the facilities at the SOS Village to build their capacity for the development of the country”
He also called on the Government, parents and guardians to always support children in realizing their potentials to enable them become trained and experienced future leaders who are determined to contribute to national development. The Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Haja Musu Kandeh expressed gratitude to the donors and the SOS family for their contributions in making the project a success; highlighting some of the challenges facing children in Sierra Leone. By Saidu Bah