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Nearly 90% of children between the ages of about 6 and 14 will not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading and math – they won't learn how to read well and do simple mathematics. About 617 million children and adolescents, around the world, are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signaling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows. “The figures are staggering both in terms of the waste of human potential and for the prospects of achieving sustainable development,” said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, in a press release. Surprisingly, [...]

At the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the President and CEO of the ONE Campaign, Gayle Smith, said that the world must turn a corner to tackle the global education emergency of over 130 million girls who are out of school. “That is over 130 million potential engineers, entrepreneurs and politicians whose leadership the world is missing out on. It's a resource waste of epic proportions and a global crisis that perpetuates poverty. The latest data, from 2015, showed the number of girls missing out on school actually increased for the first time in over a decade,” said Smith. According to UNICEF State of the World's Children 2016 report, there were 7,000 children of primary school age who were out of school in Sierra Leone between 2010 and [...]
A participatory, inclusive and credible election continues to be a serious challenge to the current democratic experience of Sierra Leoneans. In an effort to provide a platform for informed citizen's participation in the 2018 elections and the country's democratisation progress, Action Aid-Sierra Leone (AASL), on Friday, launched the “Promoting civic participation in democratisation process through entertainment” project. The project, according to Mohamed Sillah, Executive Director, AASL, is to mobilise citizens to participate actively in the electioneering process from an informed perspective through credible, respected artists and musicians who are able to articulate issues around governance without fear or favour. Sillah noted the role of music as a pivotal tool in [...]

Following the six (6) count corruption charges on the President of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Madam Isha Johansen and the Secretary General Chris Kamara, the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Council have jointly instructed Members of the Football Association to desist from all activities. The two top guns in the FA were[…]

The 19 officials who were banned for life by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) on Thursday say they will not accept the sanctions. The SLFA claims the 19 have been violating SLFA and Fifa statutes in relation to taking football related cases to civil courts. The group went to court last month to seek[…]

AFC Eskilstuna and Sierra Leone striker Mahomed Buya Turay was delighted with their 3-2 away victory at the Behrn Arena, Örebro. Abubakarr Kamara said the Sierra Leone international, who registered his eighth goal of the season, gave his struggling Allsvenskan AFC Eskilstuna the lead in the opening 7’min on Thursday. Turay is joint fourth in[…]

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” The theme[…]

It was a crowded route around Railway line and Hannah Benka Coker Street on Thursday, when the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara declared his intention to run for the flag bearer of the APC for the 2018 presidential elections. Husband Joseph Kamara and wife had to force their way through their[…]

It takes vision, courage, and long-term thinking to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), according to The World Health Organisation (WHO), Director-General Dr Tedros’, during the UN General Assembly, in New York. “Universal health coverage is based on the conviction that health is a human right, not a privilege. It is a scandal to me that[…]

The Dean of the Consular Corps in Sierra Leone, who also double as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia, Dr. Adonis Abboud, has donated a state of the Art ID card printer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Making the formal presentation of the ID Card printer to the Minister[…]