The Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with Facebook will be hosting a two-day expert information and training sessions for Cabinet Ministers, Administrative staff of MDAs and Civil Society Stakeholders on Facebook’s policies, processes and resources for public and developmental engagement.

The two-day training will be held on the 10th & 11th February, 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel at 9a.m.

According to the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swarray, the training which is expected to attract all cabinet Ministers and their deputies including senior civil and public servants is aimed at enhancing His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio’s overarching vision for Sierra Leone in developing the human capacity that will transform the country into a digitally inclusive society where technology will be the main driver of the country’s socio-economic development agenda.  

The training sessions according to the Information Minister will cover a number of topics: Aaccount Verifications and Protection; Content Policies; Community Standards and Sanctions, Constituency Engagement and Feedback Strategies, Campaign Promotions; Facebook data resources; on online safety strategies and tools for women, children and protected groups, as well as law enforcement engagement strategies and tools on child and human trafficking, sexual harassment and exploitation among others.

Napoleoncat research report in October 2018 shows that there were 616,500 Facebook users in Sierra Leone which accounted for 7.6% of the entire population. The majority of them were men -61.6% and people aged 18-24 were the largest user group (217,000).

This figure may have now increased drastically, Minister Swarray concluded.

It could be recalled that since its creation in February 2004, Facebook has become a spectacular success by creating a massive new domain in which millions of social interactions are played out every day.

As Facebook continues to grow around the world, language is becoming an increasingly important factor for marketers striving to reach their local and global audience. The social network is highly localized and is currently available in over 70 languages. 



7th FEBRUARY 2020