By Musa Kamara
Amara Sowa, the National Programme Coordinator for FQSE making his statement
On Wednesday 28 August 2019, HEAL SL and Education Microscope Newspaper with support from the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) and partners officially launched the 2019 Mobile Education Trade Fair with the theme, “One Year of the Free Quality Education; the Good, the Challenges and the Future.”
Giving his keynote message marking the launch, the National Programme Coordinator of the Free Quality School Education (FQSE), Amara Sowa applauded staff and management of HEAL SL and Education Microscope Newspaper for organizing such groundbreaking trade fair on education and especially at such a moment when the New Direction Administration of HE President Bio prioritized education as the very top agenda of his Government and that such a trade fair forms an integral component of the Education Ministry.
He also acknowledged that there are challenges in the FQSE and therefore, in that line he implored on HEAL SL and Education Microscope to ardently raise the awareness to the very bottom of society on such mobile trade fair expedition.
Sowa emphasized that the New Direction Government is very committed to the provision of quality education for every Sierra Leonean child and since the pronouncement, President Bio have seen to it that fees for all Government and Government Assisted Schools are paid, examination fees paid for NPSE, BECE, WASSCE and also procurement of textbooks and other teaching and learning materials.
Giving an overview of the 2019 Education Trade Fair, the Executive Director of HEAL SL, Joseph Sannoh enlightened that, Freetown is not Sierra Leone and therefore, the trade fair is going upcountry precisely in Kenema, Bo, and Makeni, which are respectively in the East, South and North of the country.
He outlined that 10 days would be taken in each of the region and cite, the 16 to the 25 September for the eastern region to be held at the Kenema City Plaza, the 2 to the 11 October for the southern region to be held at the Bo City Plaza, and the 18 to the 27 October for the northern region to be held at the Makeni City Plaza and Western Area (Freetown) would have theirs from the 3 to the 17 November at the Miatta Conference Hall.
He also disclose that the trade fair would feature schools, colleges and universities who would compete in a daily inter-quiz, debate and spelling and where prizes would be won, adding also that the winners from the provinces, would battle with the winners from the Western Area.
He also disclosed that the amount budgeted for the 2019 Mobile Education Trade Fair for each of the regions stands at the tune of Le265,912,500 and the budget for Freetown stands at Le571,042,500 and the Grand Total is Le1,368,780,000.
Brima Michael Turay, who is the Public Relations Officer for MBSSE, also commended HEAL SL for complimenting government effort and that MBSSE would continue to partner with HEAL SL, and he also encouraged all to make the 2019 Education Trade Fair count.