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Sierra Leone: ‘More Girls in Schools Mean Better Families, Better Communities and a Better Nation’, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma – Staff Writer

“His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has reaffirmed government’s commitment to ensuring quality education in Sierra Leone. President Koroma disclosed that apart from all other things, he was a living example of how education can transform not just the life of an individual, but also the lives of those around him. He reiterated his passion for quality and affordable education in the sense that his government continues to place education amongst its top five priorities in the Agenda for Change, adding that the amount of budgetary allocations to the sector was proof of his commitment to enhance education in the country.” (more)

Sierra Leone: Extra Year to Boost School Performance

All Africa – Damon Van Der Linde and Mustapha Dumbuya

“Freetown — Sierra Leone is instituting major reforms to its education system after the country reported some of the poorest academic results in West Africa. It will start with adding an extra year to the end of secondary school beginning in 2013, and nearly doubling daily classroom hours.”(more)

Sierra Leone: ‘If We Go to School, We Can Develop This Fine Country’

Concord Times (All Africa) – Staff Writer

“The Ministry of Education launched a new initiative last Thursday for ‘community sensitization for education for out of school and vulnerable children’. With support from UNICEF and other partners such as Action Aid International, World Vision and Chibuzor Human Development Organisation, this project puts words into action – helping communities and parents understand the need for quality education for their children.”(more)