Vine Memorial Secondary School for Girls (VMSSG) on Tuesday received a six classroom block, office and store from the Sababu education project under the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.
Handing over the school blocks to the school the Deputy Minister of Education II Dr. Lansana Nyallay said that there are certain challenges facing the educational system in the country and with these challenges “we cannot reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which is education for all by 2015.”
He revealed that we should be able to eliminate disparity in gender access to basic education by the MDG date.
The Deputy Minister stated that the education sector in the country is faced with a lot of challenges but if we take the bold initiative then we can make it by 2015 when there will be education for all. My Nyallay stated that there is direct relationship between quality of education received and the level of development achieved, as individuals, as communities and as nation.
After the brutal war in the country the Deputy Minister echoed, there was a need for a friendly learning environment given the massive destruction to school infrastructure and management across the country but more especially in the provinces.
These were some of the few setbacks in the education sector and any post conflict recovery programme of the education system demanded the raising of most schools to basic operational levels again and this included the rehabilitation of damaged structures, building new ones in some cases, providing furniture and text books, training of untrained and unqualified teachers.
The Sababu Education project he revealed is essential “and as a country, we must be grateful to the African Development Bank.”
Speaking to the beneficiary, Dr Lansana Nyallay said that they should count themselves lucky and since the school is an all girls school this is the policy of supporting girl-child education and of eliminating gender disparity in access to education.
Giving an overview of the project Yvonne Gibril Project Director assured all that the Sababu education project structures are the same in specifications and quality.
She disclosed that the building is the same specification and quality as the Peace Memorial Junior Secondary School in Baiwala in Kailahun District.
The Sababu education project has its distinctive design and is further recognised by the national colour.
The project is being funded by the Government, the World Bank and the African Development Bank with the objective of re-establishing educational services and building and education sector following the decade of civil conflict.
In thanking the donors the principal of the Junior Secondary School Mr Davies said that their focus will continue to be on quality education. She revealed that the school had a beautiful compound and so therefore called for more support to the school.
New automated Brew house for Brewery
Consumers of the locally brewed Star Lager beer can now breathe a sigh of relief as the product would soon hit the market again after a comprehensive upgrading of the old brew house to an automated one costing 2.6 billion leones.
With the upgrading now completed, the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) can boast of a “state of the art” automated brew house that will ensure consistent high quality of the locally brewed products.
According to the SLBL Public Relations Officer, Mohamed Mansaray, the principal shareholders in 2007 approved, a 2.6 billion leones (euro 0.606 million) capital expenditure for the comprehensive upgrade of “our old brew house.”
He stated that “bearing in mind that the brew house upgrade will necessary lead to the shutting down of the brew house for up to four weeks with a consequent shortage of our locally produced brands (especially Star and Maltina), management contacted our sister company Nigeria Breweries Plc to come to our aid by providing us with Star Can.”
This he said is so that the brand will not be entirely missing in the country, stressing further that, both the Sierra Leone Brewery and its Nigerian counterpart are both operated by Heineken International with a long history of cooperation with each other.
However he explained that the importation of Star lager beer in cans from Nigeria was a tactical ‘stop gap’ measure specifically to take care of the inevitable shortage of the locally produced Star.
The PRO went on to explain that thirteen twenty feet containers were imported in January this year and it was “effectively used to prevent the influx of imported brands during the shortage of the Nation’s favourite beer- Star in 33 cl bottles.”