In Tonkolili & Koinadugu… UNFPA Supports Free Quality Education


Over one hundred girls socially excluded from safe space in Tonkolili and Koinadugu districts have benefitted from assorted school materials worth millions of Leones donated by UNFPA through its implementing partners, MATCOPS.

In an exclusive interview with the Programme Manager of MATCOPS, Mr. Joseph David Lahai, he lamented that several school girls have over the years been victims of sexual abuse and early marriage.

Dilating on the purpose of the programme, the Programme Manager said it aims at empowering the girl-child and young girls in a bid to make them self-reliant in their respective communities.

The Paramount Chief of Diasongoia Chiefdom in the Tonkolili District, PC Alimamy D.Y. Koroma in Bumbuna Town said the programme is worth emulating as, according to him, the community girl-child and young girls can now use the opportunity to become self-reliant instead of relying on their parents who, he said, are in the perpetual habit of forcing them into early marriage because of abject penury.

“Today is another milestone in the history of my chiefdom to see young girls graduating in several disciplines of learning and also school girls receiving bags, books, pens, rulers and other learning items as a motivation for them to be determined to continue with schooling,” PC Alimamy Koroma enthused, adding that President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio’s free quality education flagship project would be a success story.

He therefore expressed appreciation and gratitude to UNFPA and its implementing partner for giving much hope to the girl-child and young girls through their support to make them self-reliant in the rural areas.

Giving an overview of the project, the UNFPA Representative, Mr. Kamara emphasized that education is the only treasure a parent can give to his/her children, noting that UNFPA has always been supporting implementing partners to help address the protracted menace affecting the girl-child and young girls.

In her testimony, one of the beneficiaries, Christiana Sesay, a Class IV pupil of Baptist Primary School in Bumbuna Town also applauded UNFPA and its implementing partners for their kind support over the years to help address the problems of sexual abuse and early marriage in their community.

She assured that she would now be boastful of having a training skill in tailoring which, she said, would make her self-reliant instead of taking to anti-social practices.

Many other stakeholders in the chiefdom in their contributions commended UNFPA and its implementing partner for giving a new lease of life to their children that would make them very useful in society.