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 work in deepening family and community engagement with the school, is to be part of a showcase of 100 schools that will gather online to share expertise and best practices in the inaugural World Education Week, from 5-9th October, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education (SDG 4).

Those hundred schools have been hand-picked for their expertise across a range of educational themes, such as enhancing employability and life-skills; deepening family and community engagement; the use of technology; a focus on wellbeing; and promoting the science of learning and teaching.  Each will share their wisdom to an online audience expected to reach 100,000 worldwide.

The ambition driving World Education Week is to accelerate progress to achieve UN SDG 4, a commitment designed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

Centred on the theme of ‘Learning Today’, each school will host a virtual event to demonstrate how to bring change, based on their own experiences.

EducAid Maronka Primary School will talk about how the school has evolved a checklist of roles and responsibilities for parental bodies that re-enfranchises even the less literate members of the community and supports groups which take up a role in supporting those aims.

The Principal of the EducAid Maronka Primary School – Mr Sheku JP Sannoh, said: “The staff and pupils of EducAid Maronka Primary School are inspired and excited to be considered in this spectacular global showcase of 100 schools.

“As the intention of the World Education Week is to allow schools all over the world to learn and think together, so as to improve education from the grassroots right to the policy maker level, with our focus on community engagement in school governance, we are proud to be a founding school of such an inspiring and aspirational project.

“As a school, we are extremely proud to be part of this important project. Our school operates with six themes that underpin our operations and they are the backbone of all we do to achieve our vision. These values are the pursuit of excellence, leadership thinking and behaviour, citizenship values, equality, community resilience and safety of both staff and students. These enable us to achieve our vision of a dignified, democratic and globally engaged Sierra Leone where poverty is eradicated by educated citizens.”

The ground-breaking event is led by Vikas Pota, a globally respected leader and driving force in the education, international development, philanthropy and technology sectors. In launching the event, Mr Pota said:

“I congratulate the EducAid Maronka Primary School for being selected to take part in our Global Showcase for World Education Week. By sharing the ways in which this school has developed its particular expertise, we hope others will feel inspired to undertake the same journey to excellence.

“I am incredibly inspired by the schools that applied to take part in this year’s World Education Week. Their commitment to improving the life chances of their learners by nurturing expertise and wanting to share their experience with others, especially in these challenging times, says a lot about the education community. They are our heroes and World Education Week provides us all an opportunity not just to learn from them, but to celebrate their successes, too.”

The conference has won the backing of Andreas Schleicher, the Director for Education at the OECD, who said: “What’s exciting about World Education Week is the idea of schools around the world sharing their expertise with their peers. After a turbulent period in global education, this is a great way of building back better.”

The project was also welcomed by David Edwards, the General Secretary of Education International, the global federation of teacher unions:

“Teachers have amazed the world by taking the lead in this time of crisis. World Education Week is a global showcase of schools adapting to unprecedented challenges and striving for excellence illustrates that continuing determination against the odds to serve our students. Next comes the hard part – making sure that governments and educators and communities take safe and innovative practices across the world as examples, to build back better a public sector guaranteeing a quality education for every student.”

World Education Week is an effort by thirty civil society organisations coming together after the record breaking T4 conference on 30th May that was attended by over 100,000 teachers.

The event will be hosted from the World Education Week website.

Registration for the event has opened today, 1st September 2020. Please visit the website to register.


  1. Alusine Fallay, it is not uncommon for you to revel in the exposition of your IGNORANCE in this platform. Just give me one instance when you have come up with any concrete idea amid the unification and development of this fragile country, apart from your incessant polarisation of conflicts, personalities and partisan issues. It is not worthwhile to dwell too much on your sly and monotonous character especially when one’s objective is to seek for change and innovation for the betterment of society. By the way, your sudden transformation from ‘Port Loko District’ to ‘Port Loko City’ just reinforces your farcical nature. Try to think positive … one country.

    • I remember not too long ago Saidu ‘The Great Sayedna’ once said on this glorious forum that the ‘Illustrious’ Alimamy Turay was an individual of unrivaled sincerity,integrity and dignity who strongly believed that if we are able to wrench our beloved nation from the grips of ineptitude,laziness,tribalism,negligence and indifference Sierra Leone would easily become a little magnificent paradise here on earth.Totally agree!But then again who in their right minds would disagree with the flawless perceptive abilities and instincts of the” Great Sayedna”.

      And he added this also;” Young4na is an incandescent light,that is red-hot and trailblazing with honesty and patriotism the likes of which have never been seen before – such a man is a rare find among the children of men.” And there are those that Saidu brushed off briskly like a barber removing unwanted hair from the shoulders of a client,handing them a series of humiliating defeats over and over that they will never be able to forget.(lol)

      Mr Fallay should reconsider his stance and not attempt to confront an indomitable lion like Alimamy Turay that have been known to shred opponents easily to pieces like paper.(lol) Mr Alusine Fallay – Careful not to play yourself,screw things up,and let your failing, ailing, complaining SLPP down on this glorious forum.(lol)

    • Thanks my brother, the ‘AWESOME’ Stargazer! It is not about this particular article. My premonition tells me it is something to do about my brilliant input about the political MESSIAH of Sierra Leone, Chief Sam Sumana. They are incapable of producing such a literary contribution – hence the itching of their thinking faculties.

  2. Alimamy Turay, I believe you have been waiting for the “ Gotta ya” or “ Got you” moment to exhibit your “ Adebayor traits” against me in this glorious forum, because you have openly displayed a character of “ Gas lightening” or “Bomb thrower” against any one who disagree with your destructive APC ideology. Every citizen from Port Loko City and Sierra Leone knows that the newly constructed exclusive Girls Secondary School is the first in Port Loko City. This has nothing to do about politics but development.

    In regards to your comment about “ ignorance and taking us back to backward and primitive perception, below is a statement that reveals your true character: Alimamy Turay says: JULY 19, 2020 AT 11:30 AM “Amos Ansumana, you are the stupid and uneducated animal. People like you are so intoxicated with power in such a way that you have lost your rationality and morality. No wonder CANNIBALISM still exists in your midst. Let’s face it, if you guys have the guts to eat monkeys and chimpanzees, what will stop you from eating people? Every time, people disappear within your primitive dwellings without trace. Human sacrifice and eating people is a way of life for these backward idiots. Your tribal and canibalistic chiefs will face the ICC in the not too distant future. That’s for sure. I strongly advise you to enroll for Anger Management Program, and listen to the advice of Mr. Sulaiman Jalloh because “ Pressure burst pipes “

    Abdul Rashid Thomas says: JULY 19, 2020 AT 12:09 PM “Mr Turay, please stop the tribal slurs. You are one of the finest forumites here. Keep it that way. Thank you.”

  3. “The first girls school that is almost completed in this district will also boost the moral of our girls.” – Alusine Fallay.
    What about the “Our Lady of Guadalupe Secondary school”, Lunsar, Port Loko District? This is also an all-girls school in this district.

    At times, it is worthwhile to do some research before one embarks on propagating propaganda or scandalous ignorance. You people are not going to take us back to your backward and primitive perception. There is not going to be any U-TURN in the plot of our course. ‘The only way is up’.

    • Mr. Alimamy Turay, why not just correct the man’s mistakes instead of you getting so hyper over yourself? If he is wrong call him out by just disagreeing simply with him. But fretting it out in this manner is too much for your blood pressure man! Sorry if I’m being too harsh with you.

    • Mr Sulaiman S Jalloh, there is no doubt in your capacity to read and comprehend simple phrases in articulated form, though on this occasion you seem to be confounded in distinguishing the thin interface between a MISTAKE and IGNORANCE. “Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.” – Eoin Colfer.

  4. This is a positive moment for the people of Port Loko District to showcase their school in the world Educational stage . In my opinion, one of the best ministerial appointment by President Bio is the current Resident Minister of the Northwest who was the 2018 vice presidential candidate for the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) Mrs. Haja Isata Abdulai-Kamara, who is serving as a ROLE MODEL for not only our girls but also our women in that region in showcasing the importance of the Free quality education.

    The first Girls School that is almost completed in this district will also boost the moral of our girls. The choice of this school shows that Sierra Leone is bigger than Freetown, and I hope and pray that students of the Maronka Primary School will EXCEL in this venture. “Learning is better than Silver and Gold”.

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