Education and Health

BBC reveals thousands of boys chained, tortured and abused in Islamic schools across Sudan

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 October 2020: A BBC News Arabic investigation has uncovered systemic child abuse inside Islamic schools in Sudan. There are nearly 30,000 Islamic schools, known as “khalwas” across Sudan. The investigation, “The Schools that Chain Boys”, has found that boys as young as five-years-old are routinely chained, [Read More]

Education and Health

More needs to be done for mental health sufferers in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 October 2020: Yesterday, Saturday 10th October, Advocacy for Mental Health and Human Rights (AMHHR)  joined hands to observe World Mental Health Day to raise awareness on mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health, particularly in Sierra Leone. The organisation [Read More]

Education and Health

Why the African Voice must be heard in Britain

Dele Ogun: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 September 2020: This paper was delivered by Dele Ogun (Photo), Convenor of the Fatherland Group at the 19th anniversary celebration of the African Voice Newspaper on 19th September 2020. I was a boy of 7 when I came to Britain in 1969 from my [Read More]

Education and Health

Older people in Sierra Leone face ‘ticking time bomb’ says health study report

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 September 2020: Three-quarters of people over-40 in Sierra Leone have at least one health factor that could contribute to cardiovascular disease – creating a ‘ticking time bomb’ of death and disability in one of the world’s poorest counties, a new study reveals. Researchers found that cardiovascular [Read More]

Education and Health

Krio Descendants Yunion (KDY) celebrates 233 years heritage at global thanksgiving

Abdul Rashid Thomas & Pauline Pratt: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 September 2020: The arrival of the first freed slaves to Sierra Leone in 1787 after the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade which led to the creation of what became known as Freetown – the capital city of Sierra Leone, [Read More]

Education and Health

Sierra Leonean technologist’s app helps to fight COVID-19

Kingsley Ighobor: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 September 2020: Evelyn Lewis, a Sierra Leonean social entrepreneur and technologist, has developed an application to aid the fight against COVID-19. His software company, SBTS Group, developed the Health Outbreak Manager (HOM) software which consists of an app and a comprehensive suite of tools [Read More]

Education and Health

Scramble for COVID-19 vaccine – Africa must act now

Prof Joachim Osur, Lolem B. Ngong and Dr George Kimathi: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 September 2020: In an ideal world, ‘communities should not be mere spectators’ but co-architects of  health decisions impacting their well-being. Concerns around vaccine trials should be addressed and researchers should prioritize community engagement. What then does a vaccine [Read More]

Education and Health

School in Sierra Leone takes centre stage at the World Education Week

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 September 2020: One of Sierra Leone’s primary school – the EducAid Maronka Primary School in Port Loko, northern Sierra Leone will next month play a key part in the world’s biggest grassroots online education conference – World Education Week. EducAid Maronka Primary School, noted for its [Read More]

Education and Health

Social media use and abuse in Sierra Leone

Lamin Costo Daramy: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 August 2020: Social media is the new means of communication that has taken over our lives. We go online basically for most of the things we want, but most importantly to keep abreast of things happening  -from news, shopping and travel to everyday [Read More]