President Koroma Receives New Batch of Peace Corps

Fifty-seven Peace Corps volunteers on Tuesday 24th June paid President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma a courtesy call at State House, Freetown.

Welcoming the fifth batch of volunteers mostly within the ages of 20 and above, President Koroma commended the efforts of these young Americans as a way of strengthening the relationship between America and Sierra Leone.

In further commending the efforts of these young American volunteers, President Koroma quoted the famous American President, John F. Kennedy who had urged Americans to go out there and transform the lives of others.

The President intimated the new batch of Peace Corps about government’s Agenda for Prosperity which is geared towards transforming the lives of Sierra Leoneans with a preference giving to education.

“You have come at a time when the government has rolled out the Agenda for Prosperity and in that agenda, we prioritize education,” he said, adding that the mission is not just about teaching people and leave, but also about building lasting relationships with friends.

Commending the effort of the President, the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’ Affairs of the United States Embassy in Freetown, Kathleen FitzGibbon referred to President Koroma as a pilot to the diligent and efficient service of Peace Corps in Sierra Leone. She informed the audience that Peace Corps has started serving Sierra Leone since 1962 except for a short while during the interregnum in 1990s.

The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mrs. Ebun Strasser-King expressed admiration over the courage and zest of the young and good looking Peace Corps all dressed in African attires and entreated them to feel at home as Sierra Leone is not only peaceful, but a country with hospitable people and conducive atmosphere.

The new batch of volunteers are in Sierra Leone to replace the old batch that arrived in 2012 and will be in the country for little over two years, teaching different subjects in different schools and institutions.

They will be travelling to Bo for ten weeks extensive training, where they will live with local host families and learn local languages, Sierra Leone culture and history, Karen Swails, Peace Corps Country Office Director said. In conclusion, she thanked both the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs for facilitating the programme.

Source : Sierra Leone Government

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