By Foday Moriba Conteh
In a Press Release dated 28th April 2020 and signed by Esther Michael, Founder of Music for Girls Initiative Africa, an organization that inspire, support and empower girls through the Arts, also fighting against illiteracy, child marriage, rape, teenage pregnancy, mental abuse and gender inequality it was categorically stated that as an organization they seek to reduce gender-based violence to the barest minimum in Sierra Leone.
Furthermore, the organization stated that as a registered non-governmental organization that equip and empower girls and women they are poised to give them a voice, hope and support.
According to the Founder, the Corona Virus Pandemic poses similar challenge to the well-being of girls in Sierra Leone as did the Ebola Outbreak, where Sierra Leone recorded the highest teenage pregnancy rate in history.
It said on that note Music for Girls Initiative Africa and her partners, Dots and My Expo Campus, will be giving out 2,000 free passwords of the “My Expo App” to students and teachers in Sierra Leone.
The Release revealed that the “My Excellence in Passing ‘O’ Level” (EXPO) App, also known as the Student’s Personal Teacher, is a mobile application workable with android phones and tablets that cover topics in all subjects for Arts, Science and Commercial stream for students in SSS1 – SSS3.
“This app is a personal teacher, as every class has a virtual animated teacher that works students through any topic in all subjects, preparing them for their WASSCE. The “My Expo App” is easy to understand, it is clear, with animated images that makes it also enjoyable for students,” the Organization pointed out.
It says, according to Julia Gillard, the Board Chair,The Global Partnership for Education – “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries. Unless we act now to support education systems, millions of vulnerable children, especially the poorest girls, may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over.”
The Founder disclosed that Music for Girls Initiative Africa, has taken the bold step to make meaningful contributions to the educational needs of children in this unprecedented time.
She said they are strongly encouraging girls to seize the opportunity and work in paving a way for their bright future.
Esther Michael stated that to download the “my expo app” one should go to Google play store and download the app for free and then send a WhatsApp message to +234 70 6195 3675 to get access to one’s code and enjoy virtual digital learning.
The Release highlighted that Music for Girls Initiative Africa is calling on other NGOs, INGOs and individuals to join in the purchase of more access code for Sierra Leone to mitigate both the immediate and long-term disruption of education being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In conclusion the Release is welcoming emails to be addressed to email@example.com or call on the following numbers: +23278 066 244, +232 99 472 342.