The Honourable Vice President explained that Government key priority is to promote STEM subjects in schools, reinforce STEM teaching and facilities in the next five years. He told the pupils that his presence at the Conference to deliver keynote address was to encourage them to be studious as anyone of them could become Vice President in the future.
VP Jalloh told the STEM Career Volunteers that the Vision of the Government of Sierra Leone is to provide more opportunities for girls to take up STEM subjects in schools; he added that girls do not have saying in decisions that affect their lives. He maintained that girls deserve to participate in their communities, advocate for their rights, and be role models to others.
VP Jalloh educated participants about alignment of Government priorities of providing Free Quality Education that is inclusive and inspires Sierra Leone children to adopt Science, Technology and Innovation as the way forward for human capital development. He described the STEM Conference as an excellent first step initiative to provide the sensitization that Sierra Leone needs for STEM careers, though opportunities for girls are negatively affected by poverty, he emphasized.
Hon. VP Dr. Jalloh maintained that empowering every child will increase their competitiveness to global market.