The Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers is implementing an EU funded project ‘strengthening the referral pathway from street to school’ were a total of eighty hundred and thirty children have been enrolled in primary and secondary government schools in Freetown at the end of the project.
According to the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers Project Programme Manager, under the referral pathway from street to school, Mary Kamara, the project will support 200 beneficiaries in year one and 230 year two to enrol in formal education through the provision of school kits.
Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers Project Programme Manager, referral pathway from street to school, Mary Kamara Identified street children who have dropped out from school with a provision of non-formal education and later unified them with their care givers. She added that beneficiaries will receive learning materials to continue their primary and secondary education which includes uniforms, books, pen, pencil, bags amongst others. The project shed cited has a monitoring component in school and their homes in order to produce good result.
Basseh Kamara who has been enrolled to Government Rokel Secondary School JSS three said she dropped out of school because her aunty cannot afford to pay for her, this project will change my life and I will like to be a Bank Manager in the future.
Phebien Bindi who enrolled to JSS one Government Rokel Senior Secondary School; I left school because my mother was paralyzed so I went with her to the village when I returned back my name was not on the registered, now that i have the opportunity to continue I will love to become a Lawyer.
Adama Jalloh one of the care givers to Zainab Kanu enrolled to Akie-Bobettes Municipal primary school class three told slbc that the project will definitely educate less fortunate children to become remarkable person in the future.
Also the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers with fund from UNICEF is carrying out emergency support to flood victims in Rogbere Port Loko District, supporting 125 high risk victims relocated at Rogbere market in including affected communities with water sanitation including emergency latrines. The Executive Director Alfred Jatta Dumbuya noted that already they have coordinated and disinfected 28 community well including three hand pumps.
On issue of EU funded project through Gold on the non-formal education project, the Executive Director said their target is to ensure that 830 children that were no able to access primary education to go through the non-formal education and that six centers was established with a learning cycle of six months including educational materials. He added that survey indicates that 10,000 children miscount primary education in the eastern part of Freetown.
He added that the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers PHU’s project is part of UNICEF’S integrated child survival and development programme in which was is one of their components citing that SLSAV ensure that nutrition, education, community mobilization and health education are properly carryout for proper service delivery. He added that it also ensure that they improve maternal child health by involving village development communities in promoting transparency and accountability for better service delivery.