His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has launched phase four of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Programme (IFEP) in Kabala, the district headquarter town of Koinadugu, some 190 miles north of Sierra Leone.
Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education, Lawyer Alpha Osman Timbo, who also doubled as the chairman of the event, told the gathering that access to free quality education was at the centre of President Bio’s administration. He added that it was, therefore, no doubt that they were launching the School Feeding Programme and its associated packages to tremendously add to the success of the Free Quality Education Initiative.
President Bio also noted that when he proclaimed to offer the free and quality education, he did not do it to gain political favour or to score political points. He said he did so because he knew that investing in the future of children was a right and an entitlement and not a privilege.
“This School Feeding Program will encourage parents to send their children to school and it will also increase attendance of school going pupils,” he said, and called on parents and local authorities to embrace the initiative because it would go a long way in encouraging children to see the need to be always present in school.
– State House Media and Communications Unit
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