Human Rights trainers for Secondary school pupils with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Prison Watch Sierra Leone have organized a workshop for 70 school pupils to implement education as their priority.
In his opening remarks the Chairman Mr. Alieu D. Conteh said a child is free to get education so that he/she will be useful in society. He said society must endeavor that children take advantage of their opportunities. Alieu said 72, million primary school kids right across the world are not in school and 57% of them are girls. He advised that the girl child must be sent to school and not to sit at home cooking. He added that politicians, teachers and parents are accountable to ensure that education is made a priority for children in Sierra Leone.
The Programme coordinator Mr. Mambu Feika said all societies in the world depend on the young generation for development. His advice was that as a nation we should start to invest on our children and that they (students) must not waste their chances. Students make 25% of our population and 100% of our society’s development he added. Furthermore Mambu explained that students should demand from government and government is to grant them their right to education. Representative from UNDP Alie Sesay in his statement said that UNDP has been a major contributor to all development Programs in Sierra Leone. He said the right to education is a factor of economic tolerance in the future. He added that despite the fact that Government is responsible to provide adequate education; the students too have a very important role to play in supporting the government which is to take advantage of their right and not to violate them (right). Be Ambassadors of peace and not violence he urged.