In his opening remarks the minister of Cultural Affairs , Sidie Yayah Tunis called on participants to fully utilized their knowledge for preserving and protecting the Sierra Leone’s culture for future generation and the development of tourism in Sierra Leone.
“We have never ratified any convention and it is therefore the first time that we are attempting to ratify the several convention simultaneously” Sidie Yayah Tunis added.
Head of History and Cultural Department at Fourah Bay College, Professor Joe A. D. Alie said awareness happened to be very much relevance and at it was at the centre of cultural protection in Sierra Leone.
Professor Joe A.D. Alie stated that people would not be able to talk about the prohibition of the elicit import and export of culture and the transfer of ownership of cultural properties, without creating the awareness of the importance of culture.
The Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Affairs, Foday Jalloh mentioned that Sierra Leone had been mostly tagged with some negative meanings, and that the culture of Sierra Leone should be protected as it represented the face and beauty of the country.
Foday Jalloh reaffirmed that the Sierra Leone culture happened to be priceless, adding that no money in the world could pay for it as it form an integral part of what the people of Sierra Leone were doing.
He said section twelve of Sierra Leone constitution only makes provision for the recognition and preservation of the country’s cultural heritage and enshrining measures for defaulters.
Legal luminary on history and culture, Alpha Sallieu Ndoleh called for laws that would protect and preserve the culture of Sierra Leone, noting that with such laws the country heritage and artefact would not only be protected, but that the country could as well be empowered to retrieved monument, and relics.
Girls schooled in sexual reproductive health
By Hawa Dauda
The Asmaa James foundation has engaged teens on sexual reproductive health discussion. The discussion was held at the Africell America corner, at Bathurst Street, in Freetown.
Founder-Asmaa James foundation, Asmaa James stated that the purpose of the discussion was to drastically curtail teenage pregnancy and schooled girls on how they should take quality care of themselves.
A Social Worker, Laura koroma said that over 35 cases of sexual penetration have been reported within a short period. She made it clear that the crime of sexual penetration has been on the increase, and whenever the cases are being reported to the police, in most cases as a result of interference, teenagers failed to support the police on the process of investigating the case.
The teens that were present during the discussion dialogued on the importance of the educative platform, as they said the information that was impacted on them will aid their subsequent decisions, they furthered that some girls were engaged in sexual and some immoral activities because they lacked societal role model and care giver. The girls present at the engagement promised to be ambassador at their respective communities.
Members of the public also gave their views about the factors responsible for teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone; Ibrahim Suma stated that poverty, the unavailability of sex education and lack of parental care are the key factors responsible for teenage pregnancies and early marriages in Sierra Leone.