A civil society organization Thorough Empowerment and Development for Women and Girls in Sierra Leone (TEDEWOSIL) on Wednesday launched the western area pilot program on adult literacy and civic education, supported by Collective Minds.
Collective Minds is made up of three young women Yeniva Sisay a teacher in America, Peace Malleni and Regine Gachard Lawyers at the Special Court in Sierra Leone who are interested in women issues.
Launching the program at TEDEWOSIL office at Brookfields in Freetown, the Coordinator Martha Chigozie said that the purpose of the pilot program is to enhance the capacity of women in their various communities.
She explained that the adult literacy and civic education program is charged at cost free, but five thousand Leones is paid for registration.
Martha Chigozie noted that a total of 40 women and 7 men who are engaged in trading, carpentry, electricians, painters, and seamstress will be starting the program.
The Coordinator observed that the course will last for three months and if it goes well they will extend it to the provinces to other women who need education.
She stated that it is a dream come true for women to learn how to read and write.
In their statement, Peace, Yeniva and Regine urged the women to be committed and learn as much as they could.
They also disclosed that they would like to see the program become a dream come true.
Abibatu Kamara member from Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) who also made a statement admonished the women to take education as their priority, stay focused and be attentive in their classes.
Hawa Sesay one of the teachers called on the women to grab the opportunity given to them, whilst Isatu Kamara one of the students, promised to do their best and prove themselves in their various communities.
Fonikoh Youth In Kenema Form Solidarity Club.
Youths in the Fornikoh community in Gbo-Lambayama section in the Nongowa chiefdom in Kenema district have formed a new Association called SKY WISH SOCIAL CLUB in their area with the aim of promoting youth solidarity in their community.
Talking to the press the chairperson Massah Bundeh says the association was formed after an assessment survey which they conducted recently in their community, which revealed that there is no viable youth group that could coordinate their affairs in the Fornikoh section of the city. She explained that the survey result helped in the formation of the Sky Wish Social Club, which aims at addressing the social needs of the youths in the Fornikoh community.
Massah Bundeh further disclosed that membership is open as members were recruited from all aspects of life within the community as long as they fall within the satisfactory youth age bracket.
Massah disclosed that at the moment the association depends on membership contributions and assistance from stakeholders within their communities for its sustainability.
She appealed to all and sundry in the Fornikoh community to join them in actualizing the aims and objectives of Sky Social Club for the development of not only the Fornikoh community but the city as a whole.
Massah also revealed that the long term aim of the Sky Social Club Association is to secure job opportunity for their membership through lobbying. She added that plans are now underway to embark on agricultural development projects in the city. The chairlady therefore encouraged all in the community to put hands on deck for the development of Fornikoh community in particular.