Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Mrs. Augusta Sankoh, representing the local organization “Tinap for Development-Sierra Leone (T4D),” emphasized the lasting impact of positive “Learning, Attitude, and Behavior (LAB)” on school learning outcomes during an event held at CCSL in Freetown. T4D aims to address the influence of attitudes and behaviour on pupils’ education.
Mr Beckley, while introducing the project to education stakeholders, including the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), World Vision, the Ministry of Basic Education, and students, highlighted the prevalence of negative behaviours and attitudes among primary school pupils, largely influenced by disruptive and withdrawn behaviour and challenges posed by some parents or guardians. He pointed out that schools continue to grapple with issues such as bullying, sexual harassment, and violence, which can also lead to examination malpractices.
To promote positive LAB in schools, Mr. Beckley announced that T4D plans to conduct a series of interactive and innovative training sessions for pupils, teachers, and communities in Sierra Leone. After completion, participants will be certified as moral ambassadors to their fellow students.
Country Director of T4D, Mrs. Augusta Sankoh, explained that this project aligns with the organization’s core mission, focusing on early learning, inclusive and rights-based education, and innovative teaching techniques to enhance learning outcomes.
Madam Francess Kamara, Director of School Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, expressed support for the project’s focus on learning and attitude. She stressed the importance of nurturing children, particularly school pupils, to develop positive behaviour in both their communities and homes. The Ministry’s education package is designed to provide access to education while reducing negative behaviours, examination malpractices, and indiscipline. T4D’s initiative is an essential component aimed at enhancing the quality of school conduct and performance.
Mr Beckley reiterated that the LAB project’s objectives include improving learning outcomes by fostering a culture of positive attitudes and behaviour, promoting peaceful coexistence, and nurturing strong character traits for excellence. The initiative also aims to establish supportive networks within schools, provide oversight and psychosocial support, create positive peer-influencing hubs in schools, and build a generation of well-behaved young people.
Currently, two international organizations, CRS and World Vision, have expressed interest in the project, but no support has been received yet, according to the Country Director of T4D-Sierra Leone. AJ/15/10/2023