President Julius Maada Bio’s led administration has received accolades following the launch of Free Quality Education. The fund raising event which followed the launch went on records for a sitting president to take the lead in putting cash into such a national patriotic course.
For the first time in the history of Sierra Leone free quality primary and secondary education was launched at a ceremony at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown Monday August 20, 2018. During the pledging of funds towards the free education Multi-donor basket fund, President Bio donated his 3 months salary to the free education basket fund.
First Lady donates one hundred Million Leones to the Fund on behalf of the Fatima Maada Bio foundation. VP Juldeh Jalloh pledged 50% of his salary for a total of 12 months and 10 cows to support school feeding project. Chief Minister David Francis donated three months salary.
Finance Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa donated two months of his salary to be deducted over a period of one year. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Alie Kabba pledged his three months’ salary to the basket fund. Minister of Basic Primary and Secondary Education Alpha Timbo pledged his salary of three months to the fund.
Speaker of the House of Parliament Abass Bundu donated his salary and that of all Parliamentarians for a month.
Mayor of Freetown Yvonne Aki-Sawyer donated 50% of her three months salary spread over a year.
Pledges from private sector partners continue.