Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Photographers Launch 'Picture Your Rights' to Education

The Sierra Leone Union of Photographers in collaboration with the Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI)on Thursday 21 February launched a book titled, 'Picture your rights' at the St. Edward Boys Primary School, Fort Street in Freetown.

Addressing the gathering, president of the union, Steven Momoh, thanked those that contributed in diverse ways towards the success of the project including the government of Canada, which funded it. He noted that the right of the child to education should be treated with all the seriousness it deserves and expressed the union's preparedness to produce books on various human rights issues including health, water, climate change and the rule of law to promote justice, accountability and transparency.

One of the parents at the ceremony, Adama Bangura, said that though she has no formal education, she can interpret pictures in the books, adding that she can help her children at home to understand the book's content Stephen Douglas, who served as the coordinator between the union and the Canadian government, thanked all those who made the project successful and promised his continued input at all times. Launching the book, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana - accredited to Sierra Leone, Trudy Kernighhan, echoed her commission's commitment to support the project which is geared towards illuminating and enhancing education in Sierra Leone.

According to the High Commissioner, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is supporting the on-going CFLI strengthening human rights, governance and democracy project across the country.

The purpose of the fund, according to the High Commissioner, is to support local initiatives that promise longer term impacts for civil society development.

The aim of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, according to Mr.Kernighhan, is to finance small grant projects providing technical, economic, educational, cultural or social development assistance to local populations in the Canadian mission countries of accreditation including Sierra Leone.

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