SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP IMPLEMENTATION IN KORI CHIEFDOM, MOYAMBA DISTRICT
In our actions and commitment in working towards Sustainable Development Goal four (4) and thus the successful continuous implementation of a planned school sponsorship for vulnerable children. Earlier in 2017, just after the baseline survey on out of school children in Kori Chiefdom, the organization introduced a school sponsorship, and started with ten (10) vulnerable children, whom were selected across seven villages across Kori Chiefdom, Moyamba District. The school sponsorship project provided the beneficiaries with access to school and learning materials which involve a pair of school uniform, a pair of shoe, a dozen of notebook, a school bag, a dozen of pens, and pencils in helping to aid their learning process.
The project also focused it activities on spreading awareness and motivating parents across the Kori Chiefdom on the importance of early childhood education more especially girls, facilitating and supporting the model of Child friendly education system in order to create interest amongst vulnerable children towards formal education system.
After the end of 2016/2017 academic year, the project beneficiaries were evaluated to know their impact in the programme. Out of the ten (10) beneficiaries that were selected for the 2016/2017 academic year, upon evaluation our assessment proves that these children performance increase greatly towards their schooling and social life. The performance of these vulnerable children and the positive response of the parents, school committees and stakeholders towards the project helped us to achieve a success 85% impact upon evaluation the first year. And the intervention of our project further helped to ignite much interest amongst other vulnerable children and community members towards formal education system across Kori Chiefdom.
This has been very important step in archiving goal of the project which focuses on helping vulnerable children to access better education, which will armed them with the courage and self-confidence to better themselves, families, communities, and ultimately their next generation. For 2017/2018 academic, the organization continue with the same selected children, by further helping them with access to leaning materials like, a pair of uniforms, notebooks, a pair of shoe, a school bag, pens, pencils, eraser and sharpener. We further had an engagements meetings with their various schools and parents regarding how they will continue monitoring these children and helping them to study during their leisure time at home so as helping to maintain their stay in the school sponsorship programme.
PEACE EDUCATION IN KENNEDY AND MORIBA TOWN COMMUNITIES KAKUA CHIEFDOM
Movement towards Education and Youth Empowerment-Sierra Leone in partnership with Young Peacebuilders have synergize their efforts with an overall mission of embarking on peace education and intensive leadership training interventions in schools and communities in helping to turn the trend that often makes many youth and children involve in violence, drug abuse and the like. Our interventions have been aiming at empowering youths and children to promote peace and non-violence, support successful, and or be part of transparent and credible leadership formation in the community.
This project have been designed in using the strongest societal problem-solving strategies such as education, advocacy, sensitization and awareness campaign programmes to reach out, mobilize, re-orientate and build the capacity of youth, children in and out of schools by setting up peace clubs in schools to capacitate them on the issues of drug abuse, alcohol and rudiments of peace, mindfulness, good leadership and non-violence, emphasizing on the need for them to be fully involved in the entire process of actualization of this goal in Bo and Sierra Leone at large.
The peace education project have so far started in two schools, United Brethren in Christ which is in Moriba town and the Aladura Junior Secondary School which is located in the Kennedy community in Kakua chiefdom.
SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP IMPLEMENTATION IN FIVE (5) SCHOOLS IN KORI CHIEFDOM
With respect to reinforce vulnerable children’s rights in having a vision of a world in which all children will have equal opportunities to access quality education to escape from poverty and fulfil their dreams. Movement towards Education and Youth Empowerment-Sierra Leone (MEYE-SL) on the 10th August, 2017 conducted a two days baseline survey on out of school going children in seven (7) villages, Kwella, Foya-wulleh, Largo-Kawelma, Toobu, Njolorhun, Mogbodo, Mambayema across the Kori chiefdom, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone across the Kori chiefdom, Moyamba district.
This action was as a result of fulfilling our commitment in working towards promoting sustainable development (4) goal and thus the successful implementation of a planned school sponsorship project. According to the baseline survey, fifty (50) vulnerable children were targeted right across the seven villages in Kori Chiefdom in which the organization was only able to budget for the most ten (10) vulnerable children for now, as we are helping them with school fees, school uniforms, shoe, notebooks, pen, pencils, so as to helping to aid their learning process on a yearly bases.
PLANETSTARTUP ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY TRAINING
In the bid to mitigate the high rate of poverty and youth unemployment in my community, Movement towards Education and youth Empowerment-Sierra Leone (MEYE-SL), decided to established a partnership with Planetstartup Entrepreneurship Academy, a registered International Organization in the Florida/USA to help in synergizing their effort with our organization in helping to mobilize vulnerable youths within Sierra Leone to partake in their online entrepreneurship and mentorship training sessions in helping to build the knowledge base of Youth within Sierra Leone in Entrepreneurship. We have been working together in mobilizing committed Youth through connecting them with Planetstartup via skype to give out entrepreneurship trainings, mentorship and business coaching services.
This first training programme lasted for three (3) months and it geared towards transforming the mind-set of participants to change their thinking, rather to develop thinking on new jobs inspired by these emerging technologies and also start thinking about entrepreneurial creativity, so as encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship to be a top priority for them concerning the potential for jobs creation and a source of boosting up their self-reliance capacities. This training concentrated on strengthen the participants to be change ambassadors, working to step down to them the message of job creation, productive skills, innovation, social entrepreneurship and peaceful co-existence and supporting good leadership and helping to advocate for creation of policies that encourage widespread involvement of our youth in the promotion of economic empowerment and participating in poverty reduction within our community.
The training programme concentrated on topics like leadership in project management, business plan writing, crowding funding opportunities, strategic operations, business ethics, marketing, innovation and technology, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, and corporate social responsivity.