Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio and GPE Executive Director Engage on System Transformation Grant for Sierra Leone

By State House Media and Communications Unit on September 29, 2021 in Latest NewsNews

Washington, D.C., United States, Wednesday 29 September 2021 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has met with Executive Director Alice Albright and senior leadership of the Global Partnership for Education, GPE, where he was recognised for his global leadership in promoting quality education, human capital development and gender inclusion.

Madam Albright thanked the President for his speech at the United Nations General Assembly that extensively advocated for the rights of sexual violence survivors and formally disclosed Sierra Leone’s eligibility for the GPE System Transformation Grant.

Sierra Leone’s leadership in increasing domestic financing for education, using data and evidence for decision making with a gender responsive planning and sector coordination were highlighted by the GPE Executive Director as some of the factors that made the country stand out among others.

“It is my pleasure to inform you, Mr. President, that Sierra Leone is now eligible for a $22.47 million System Transformation Grant, up to $15 million Multiplier Grant, and a $2.6 million System Capacity Grant,” she said.

In his brief remarks, President Bio thanked the GPE for an excellent partnership with Sierra Leone through the existing Education Sector Implementation Grant, the Education Sector Plan Development Grant and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant.

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Dr Moinina David Sengeh, who also serves as a member on the board of GPE, expressed the commitment of his ministry to work in partnership with GPE to implement the projects and improve learning outcomes for children in Sierra Leone.

GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries, and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership that work to deliver quality education so that every girl and boy can have hope, opportunity and agency.

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Commissions 100 Schools in Bo, Kenema, Port Loko, Bombali, Targets 35,000 Pupils and Teachers

By State House Media and Communications Unit on September 10, 2021 in Latest NewsNews

Gerihun, Baoma Chiefdom, Bo District, Friday 10 September 2021 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has completed the symbolic commissioning in Gerihun of 100 schools funded by the European Union (EU) and built by the National Authorising Office (NAO) in Bo, Kenema, Port Loko and Bombali districts in the south, east, northwest and north respectively.

Director of NAO, Ambrose James, said the commissioning of the 100 Junior Secondary Schools was a manifestation of President Julius Maada Bio’s commitment to improving human capital in the country, adding that the initial project cost was 7.75 million euros, plus additional work envisaged to the amount of 1 million euros, bringing it to an estimated grand total of 8.75 million euros; and that the project would benefit about 35,000 pupils including teachers and other school staff.

“The project’s core value support included but not limited to the rehabilitation and upgrading of 155 school buildings, construction of 19 new buildings, including libraries, science and computer laboratories, construction or rehabilitation of 282 toilets, construction or rehabilitation of 78 hand-dug wells; construction or rehabilitation of 9 staff quarters and the supply and installation of 50 solar units,” he said.

Mr. James went further to assure the gathering that the NAO was pleased with the outcome of the project and the deliverables, adding that they would continue to facilitate projects on behalf of the government and the European Union delegation in Sierra Leone to achieve lofty dreams.

Head of EU mission in Sierra Leone, Ambassador Manuel Mueller, said he was happy to make a statement on such an important and ambitious occasion, noting that the President was investing in the future of school-going children in the country but also because education was so crucial to national development.

“It is for this reason that education is at the heart of the European Union worldwide, including in Sierra Leone. EU will continue to support the government’s trajectory in strengthening the institution and human capacity of the country. An effort is being made by the government for inclusive educational growth and effective management of technical institutions. The European Union will continue to support this effort,” Ambassador Mueller assured.

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE), Dr David Moinina Sengeh, thanked the EU and all stakeholders who worked together, day and night, in achieving the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of the 100 schools. He also thanked President Julius Maada Bio for his continued leadership in providing free and quality school education to every child in the country.

“For the first time in many years in this country, there is now improvement in the pass rate and learning outcome in the country. MBSSE will continue to provide that leadership because it is the only way to move this country to development,” Dr Sengeh noted.

In his keynote address, President Julius Maada Bio said he was happy that public schools were open to every child, not red, green, rainbow party children, noting that the country recorded fewer teenage pregnancies for the first time in a decade as part of their radical inclusion of all learners.

“For the first time in the recent history of this nation, children go to school tuition-free. I pay Le 52 billion, parents pay nothing. They take public exams for free. I pay Le 60 billion for WASSCE, BECE, NPSE and parents pay nothing. Per year subsidy, we pay over Le 200 billion for exams and subsidies,” he said

He also announced that for the first time parents no longer needed to pay for scratch cards to retrieve their results because they had developed a technology solution that was free and convenient to access from any cell phone, saving parents and guardians from paying about Le 14 billion.

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TRAVELLING GUIDELINES FOR SIERRA LEONE (COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE)

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE TO BELGIUM AND MISSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

TRAVELLING GUIDELINES FOR SIERRA LEONE

(COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE)

Freetown 7th September 2020

Advisory for Travellers to/from Countries with High Transmission, Exponential Increase in Cases, and/or Circulation of SARS COV-2 (COVID-19) Variants of Public Health Concern

The Government of Sierra Leone has been following the COVID-19 situation globally with increasing concern. While case counts have plateaued in some countries, other countries have had high transmission and an exponential increase in cases, which has been attributed to new variants of the SARS COV-2 virus.

In order to prevent the entry into Sierra Leone of these variants, as from Wednesday May 12, 2021, NaCOVERC will institute additional protective measures on travel between Sierra Leone and countries known to have high SARS-COV-2 transmission, a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and/or circulation of variants of Public Health concern.

NaCOVERC will take necessary action to identify countries based on operational review on a weekly basis as new evidence emerges.

Travel from Sierra Leone

Travel to Sierra Leone

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE REGULATIONS FOR ENTRY INTO SIERRA LEONE FROM COUNTRIES OF CONCERN WILL RESULT IN PUNITIVE ACTION.

LIST OF APPROVED HOTELS ARE AS FOLLOWS: Hotel Mariam, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bintumani Hotel, Seaside Hotel, Kings Empire Hotel and Hill Valley Hotel.

High Commissioners, Ambassadors Designate Present Letters of Credence to Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio

By State House Media and Communications Unit on September 07, 2021 in Latest NewsNews

State House, Freetown, Tuesday 7 September 2021 – The New High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Sierra Leone, Lisa Jane Chesney, the New High Commissioner designate of Rwanda to Sierra Leone, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, the Ambassador designate of Ireland to Sierra Leone, Claire Buckley, the Ambassador designate of the European Union to Sierra Leone, Manuel Mueller and the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Korea, Kim Young Chae, have presented their letters of credence to His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio at the Credential Room, State House.

The United Kingdom, Rwanda, Ireland, the European Union, and the Republic of South Korea have a strong diplomatic cooperation with Sierra Leone, mostly in development, which includes education, healthcare, agriculture, technology and the fight against corruption.

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