The Monuments and Relics Commission has established 10 School Heritage Clubs in Makeni City, Bombali District, Northern Sierra Leone. The formation was done between the 17th -20th June, 2019.
More than 500 pupils from 10 secondary schools in Makeni opted to join the School Heritage Clubs. Their desire to express their culture in a way that transcends the ordinary was laid bare during the process.
The four-day exercise saw the establishment of clubs in the following schools.
- Ansarul Islamic Secondary School
- Benevolent Islamic Secondary School
- Birch Memorial Secondary School
- Every Nation Academy
- Makeni Comprehensive Academy (MCA)
- Modern School of Science and Business
- Sebora Secondary School
- SOS Hermann Gmeiner International School
- St Francis Secondary School
- St Joseph’s Secondary School
From St Francis to St Joseph’s Secondary School, Every Nation Academy to Birch Memorial Secondary School, the children showed extraordinary interest in becoming members of the School Heritage Clubs.
Pupils of Benevolent Islamic Secondary School were optimistic that they would benefit from the heritage education. During the process, the pupils displayed some cultural skills to the admiration of the whole school.
The formation of the clubs came about as a result of conscious efforts by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Monuments and Relics Commission to resuscitate cultural heritage education and instill the necessary cultural consciousness in youths with a view to preserving the country’s enviable heritage.
The Commission has observed, with dismay, the rising neglect of the Sierra Leonean way of life.
According to the Principal of Sebora Secondary School, Makeni; Philip Tholley, “Technology, globalization and cultural imperialism are impacting negatively on the West African State’s cultural heritage.”
In a bid to heighten cultural heritage awareness and instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism in the younger generation, the Commission initiated the formation of those clubs.
“Between 2017 and 2018, we developed 20 school clubs in Freetown and Bo. Our goal is to have clubs in all districts in the country.” Remarked Mohamed Faray Kargbo, the Commission’s Education and Outreach Officer.
Research and Development Officer of MRC, Francis Musa Momoh had this to say, “These clubs will engage in various heritage preservation and promotion activities and events that will culminate in increased awareness about their cultural practices. It is expected that this will transform their perception about culture and create an environment where pupils can appreciate, transmit and enjoy their rich culture.”
More School Heritage Clubs would be formed in other districts.
The Monuments and Relics Commission (MRC) was established in 1948 to provide for the preservation of ancient, historical and natural monuments, relics and other objects of archaeological, ethnographical, historical or other scientific interest.
Education and Outreach Unit
Monuments and Relics Commission
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