First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio inaugurated the Adolescent and Youth Empowerment Training Center (AYETC) in Tikonko Chiefdom, Bo District. The center, which aims to provide vocational training and skills development for young individuals, was funded by various contributors including the EU, NAO, and initiator Mr. Mohamed Sillah. The inauguration ceremony was attended by prominent figures such as Paramount Chief Professor Joe Kangbai Macavoray III, former Vice President Hon. Victor Bockarie Foh, government representatives, and members of the Bo District Council. Courses offered at the AYETC include tailoring, computer skills, mental work, food preservation, catering, adult literacy, and gara tie-dye1.
During her speech, First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio emphasized the pivotal role of education and skills training in national development. She expressed gratitude to contributors and outlined a vision for Sierra Leone, emphasizing priorities like education, women’s empowerment, gender equality, and justice for survivors of sexual violence. As a significant gesture, the First Lady donated 200 million Leones on behalf of the Maada & Fatima Bio Foundation. Out of this, 100 million Leones will ensure a steady salary for tutors and staff, while the remaining 100 million Leones will be allocated for equipment, furniture, and logistics1.
The event concluded with a tour of the AYETC facility by First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio. This is a great initiative that will help young individuals acquire skills and knowledge that will benefit them in the long run.