By Foday Moriba Conteh
The Patriotic Advocacy Network- Sierra Leone (PAN-SL) a voluntary organization working to impact the spirit of patriotism and oneness in the minds of Sierra Leoneans has on Monday 11th November, 2019 bagged a Student Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE-SL) Prestigious award 2019 for their relentless efforts towards the successful implementation of the “Start with Hello Program” 2019.
Speaking to this medium in an interview, Ansumana Keita, Executive Director, Patriotic Advocacy Network- Sierra Leone (PAN-SL) disclosed that “The Start With Hell” program is a school violence prevention program that teaches school pupils and teachers on how they should be socially included and connected with each other in order to ensure a fruitful relationship between pupils and teachers, adding that through this program they were able to engage pupils on issues relating to violence and patriotism.
He applauded Student Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE-SL) for recognizing their effort in contributing to nation building, noting that their organization fosters the promotion of fundamental human rights in line with the provision and facilities provided by the constitution of Sierra Leone, by advocating for good governance, protection and promotion of human rights of citizens.
Ansumana Keita disclosed that the award is heartily dedicated to the cause of impacting the spirit of patriotism and oneness in the minds of Sierra Leoneans, promoting the ideals of human rights, the rule of law and democratic good governance in our beloved nation. He further dedicated the award to the Board of Trustees and the general membership of the Patriotic Advocacy Network- Sierra Leone (PAN-SL) for their contribution towards the organization.
He further disclosed that they are committed to impact the spirit of patriotism in the lives of young people, adding that recently they partnered with the West Africa Youth Network to celebrate the African Youth Day, a day set aside every year to promote and increase recognition of youths as key agents for social change, economic growth and sustainable development in Africa.
He disclosed that celebrating this day marks one year in the fight against corruption, injustice, marginalization within the educational system, adding that they are proud to say they have succeeded in establishing sound and active school chapters in various schools who are serving as Ambassadors in the fight against corruption, adding that the celebration focuses on three major areas Education, Empowerment and Engagement.
“We will remain humble and committed to impact the spirit of patriotism and oneness in the minds of Sierra Leoneans the ideals of human rights, the rule of law and democratic good governance in our beloved country,” he proudly stated.