Fostering Lasting Peace through Education: A Resplendent Annual Celebration at the Bo Government Secondary School

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

In an effort to enhance quality education delivery for all, His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, accompanied by First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, has graced the Annual Celebration of Education with the theme: “LEARNING FOR LASTING PEACE”, emphasising the vital role of education in fostering a peaceful society and building a sustainable future.

The significance of the occasion was heightened by the presence of the father of democracy, His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio, an illustrious alumnus of the great Bo School. Alongside him, the global icon of women and girls empowerment, Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, added an extra layer of brilliance, making the celebration truly colorful.

In her address to the congregation at Bo School, Her Excellency began by acknowledging the pivotal role of President Bio’s commitment and dedication to peace and education, which led to the UN designating January 24 as International Day of Education.

Proudly celebrating education, she expressed gratitude to her husband for investing significantly in education, especially for girls.

Her role, she emphasized, was to speak about the upliftment of girls, an initiative inseparable from President Bio’s unwavering support for education.

She thanked President Bio for allowing her to place premium on education, recognizing it as the cornerstone of development.

His Excellency took the stage, expressing gratitude to all present, especially the students. Reflecting on his fond memories at Bo School, where he was nurtured and where his education began, he reminisced about being a well-behaved student, a prefect for discipline.

The President underscored the vital role of education in Sierra Leone’s progress, highlighting the country’s recognition as the 3rd most peaceful in West Africa last year. He lauded the crucial role of religion in education, emphasizing the need to transcend boundaries through learning.

As the 6th annual celebration of education unfolded, President Bio stressed his government’s commitment to human capital development. He proclaimed education as the key to success, a journey with no end but laden with opportunities.

In a world marked by scars and injuries, a testament to the ravages of war, President Bio urged the nation to embrace education for lasting peace. Teachers, in his view, were not just educators but role models, shaping the nation’s future.

In his conclusion, President Bio encouraged students to remain steadfast on their educational journey, as education is the cornerstone of progress. The annual celebration at Government Bo School stood as a testament to Sierra Leone’s commitment to fostering a friendly environment for development through education.

The ceremony proceeded to a well deserved presentation of certificates to the best students across the country in various national examinations, which served as an instrument of recognition and reward for the hardwork and dedication shown by these students, toward raising the bar of the Free Quality Education.

As the echoes of the celebration linger, it became evident that “Learning for Lasting Peace” is not just a theme but a powerful mantra guiding Sierra Leone towards a brighter future, but one where education is the catalyst for enduring harmony and prosperity.

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Strategic Communications Division,

Office of the First Lady,

Republic of Sierra Leone.

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