The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport has distributed teaching and learning materials to over eighty schools in the district. The ceremony took place at the Education office along Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema.
Addressing his audience the Deputy Director East (DDE) Mr. John Swarray explained that the learning materials distributed are part of the SABABU education project under the government of Sierra Leone in order to promote quality education for all in the country, and that the materials are for both primary and junior secondary schools in the Kenema district. Mr. Swarray disclosed that the mandate of the SABABU education project is to distribute learning materials to all SABABU project schools in the country, and they have distributed learning materials to all SABABU project schools in Kenema city while going on to target schools in the Chiefdoms.
The Deputy Director of Education East appealed to heads of schools and teachers of the various schools in the district to use the materials for its intended purpose, and cautioned all that the books are not for sale and that any one caught selling them will have himself to blame because he or she will face the full penalty of the law.
He said that the Education Ministry and the Kenema district council thought it necessary to consider those schools that are not part of the SABABU project schools in the district and include them in the package.
The Chairman of the Kenema district council Patrick Samu while distributing the items said the programme has started for a very long time and it is still in progress.
Mr. Samu called on parents and council staff in the district to thoroughly monitor the materials for the benefit of the children. He said for any country to develop it depends on the human resource of that country saying that no nation will achieve its development goal without quality education.
The Chairman requested all head teachers to report the amount of books received to their councilors in their wards as it would engender proper monitoring.
In his vote of thanks the Deputy Head Teacher of the Islamic Brotherhood Mano Junction Lansana Soko thanked and appreciated the effort of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport for ensuring that education is improved in the country and it targets all.
Among the schools who received the learning materials are SLMB Mano Junction, Islamic Primary School Kokoru, Largo and R.C. School at Jao Tunkia, United Muslim Association School in Songaru in Wandor and KDEC School Blama.