GCE Workshop in Sierra Leone- March 16-18 2009
Educators perticipated in the Global Connection and Eexchange
(GCE)Workshop from two provinces (Bo, Kono) and Freetown where the
workshop was held.The workshop was organized to build the capacity of
iEARN-Sierra Leone Educators as to enable them participate in iEARN
Projects, contribute to the colaboration center and to engage their
students in iEARN Projects locally and how these young people can share
their project with the rest of the world online. These Educators are
amaised by the new experience in educating them to another level.
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iEARN Youth Launch Album, "Next Next Generation"- November 2007
Next Next Generation is the album title for the 2nd music compilation
by iEARN's Positive Music Project (PMP). This title derives its
origin from the 2007 World Bank Global Development Report in which
iEARN played a key role in researching and documenting challenges
youth face in gaining employment in Sierra Leone.
The music album has strong emphasis on issues of social justice
and human rights with song titles such as ‘Drug Abuse,’ ‘Teenage
Pregnancy,’ and ‘Respect Woman.’ Additionally, the young artists
have been able to show the positive things in their lives. Their
music is hoped to influence attitudes and bring about positive
changes in society.
The PMP Team will release the album on November 24th on a commercial
venture with the hope of gaining support for their education through
patron donations, ticket and CD sales, and generous pledges. iEARN
music artists have received awards from such organizations as
the BBC and have hosted past concerts with attendance of over
800 people. They have had several appearances on radio and stage,
in various social gatherings, and have been showcased at the UN
Peace Concert in 2005. More info may be found at the ‘War Don
Don’ website located at: http://www.myspace.com/positivemusicproject
More info and photos may be found here.
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Millenium Development Project
Freetown, Sierra Leone - July 2008
The Youth Millennium Development project is an iEARN Sierra Leone
effort for youth to participate in sharing knowledge about the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that can foster growth and
development in their lives. The initiative is for every youth
between the ages of 10 – 25 in every country of the world
to discuss what they feel about important global problems and
create a local project (Plan of Action) in response to these issues.
A plan of action can be any plan addressing a global issue that
is highlighted by the MDG. It can be large or small lasting one
day to one year.
The plan of action is then carried out by the youth as a group.
Each group is matched with four (4) group companion groups in
other countries such as the following:
• Sierra Leone
iEARN SL is seeking adults who can assist youth as facilitators.
Adult facilitators may be teachers, youth leaders, parents or
other members of the community. The role of facilitators is to
provide support for an empowering and positive experience.
The Youth Millennium Development project is open to youths in
school groups involving recreational sports, environment and educational
clubs; are all invited to participate. Groups can be small or
large, such as two friends, a youth club, a class or a whole school.
Interested groups and schools are encouraged to contact project
faciliatators Andrew Greene at andrewgreene_c21st @ iearnsierraleone.org
and Mohamed Sidique Dabo at maidabo @ iearnsierraleone.org.
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ICTs, Leadership, and Entrepreneurial
Training Organized by TakingItGlobal (TIG) with iEARN Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone - October 2007
iEARN SL bridges the digital divide in post-conflict Sierra Leone,
greatly needed training of various youth groups was organized by
TakingItGlobal (TIG) at iEARN resource center. The training, which
took place from the 4th - 14th September, 2007, engaged various
youth groups/organizations like YEDEM SL, Peace Links, Children’s
Forum Network (CFN), and a handful of iEARN youths bringing the
total of 20 youths. TakingITGlobal, an organization that deals with
youth empowerment and issues of global concern like the Millenium
Development Goals (MDGs), worked with iEARN to see the success of
ICT Basics training was done by one of iEARN’s youth volunteers,
Brima Lakoh. This training encompassed basic ways to navigate through
the Windows programs and the internet.
ICTs and Leadership was taught by Mohamed S. Dabo – iEARN’s
long standing volunteer and one of the Youth Coordinators. This
training involved basic principles of ‘Who is a Leader: Characteristics
and Role Models in our Communities.’ Workshops were held during
the training as a way for the youths to get involved in leadership
roles and discuss global issues through Information Technology.
SL’s director, Andrew B. Greene, lent a hand in dealing with
ICTs and Entrepreneurialism. This training showcased ways of getting
resources through Information Technology and also highlighted ways
to manage organizations and business plans; it was followed by mini-workshops.
TIG has been a household at iEARN, with both Dabo and Greene having
been members of TIG. TIG’s director, Sylvanus Murray, who
made sure that the contract and technical support were met, has
enjoyed a long standing good relationship with iEARN Director and
the iEARN program. They both facilitated a 3 days interactive forum
that led to the WSIS program in Geneva, Switzerland a few years
At the end of the training, a short statement was made by the director
acknowledging the youths and all those who made the training possible,
as they (youths) have taken a bold step to empower themselves. Fredrick
Conteh, Youth Leader of iEARN resource center, was greatly applauded
for his immense role in meeting deadlines. The ceremony climaxed
with photos taken with the participants, TIG and iEARN SL directors,
and the staff of iEARN- SL.
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iEARN Sierra Leone is a finalist
in 2007 Global Junior Challenge
Rome, Italy - October 2007
iEARN SL is a finalist
in the "up to 18 years" category of the 2007
Global Junior Challenge award, held this year in Rome, Italy.
The Global Junior Challenge is a global award promoted
by the Digital
World Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the Municipality
of Rome and six major ICT companies. The intention of the award,
dedicated to young people and to schools, is to identify and reward
best practices on the use of new technologies in education and training
iEARN SL's project, Closing The Digital Gap Amongst
Children and Youth Emerging from Wars, provides internet access
and ICT skills to Sierra Leone youth. The Internet access provided
by iEARN's child soldier project allows many young people in Sierra
Leone to come into contact with other young people across the world.
They can exchange ideas about peace issues with people of the same
age from all over the world. Children affected by the war can become
ambassadors for peace by exchanging their ideas with other people
of the same age from all over the world by means of telecommunication.
This does not just promote learning, but also social justice, and it
inspires a positive exchange because child victims of war can play
a significant role in creating peace in their own villages and towns.
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iEARN Sierra Leone Participates
in The Global Week of Action Against
Gun Violence, 11-17 June 2007
Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence runs from 11-17 June
2007. IANSA members in around 50 countries are joining together
to raise awareness about the human cost of gun violence and small
arms proliferation. Events will include rallies, media work, publication
launches and vigils.
As part of iEARN Sierra Leone activities for the week
*a Press Release
*songs and campaigns against the spread of small arms
*debates and discussions led by women of Sierra Leone, headed by
*video coverage of the activites
*Art and creativity by youth dipicting the dangers of small arms
of one of the gun viole
nce presentations by iEARN SL youth.
Stay tuned for a forthcoming report by the Women of
iEARN Sierra Leone and the Girls Club.
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iEARL SL's Second Album,
"Next Next Generation" to be Released
collaboration with Woodcraft Folk UK, iEARN SL will be releasing
its second album, "Next Next Generation," a collection
of songs by Sierra Leonean youth on topics relevant to youth and
today's world. More information will be forthcoming as this project
develops. Donations to help further the project are dearly appreciated
- please visit the Donate page to find out how you can help.
of our young and talented musicians in action! (Best read in Adobe
Reader. Download the reader here.)
See our video
highlighting the title track "Next Next Generation."
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UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND
(UNFPA) STATE OF THE WORLD REPORT 2006
On the 7th September, 2006, ICT tutor Mohamed S.Dabo,
students and staff of iEARN Sierra Leone, and Director Andrew B.
Greene were invited to participate in the UNFPA STATE OF THE WORLD
POPULATION SYMPOSIUM; ON THE THEME: “A Passage to Hope –
Women and International Migration”. Various speakers from
the government of Sierra Leone, Diplomatic Corps, NGO’s, Youths,
the Vocational Institute for Women, members of the press, citizens
and a cross section of students from different schools attended
the launching of the report.
Significantly, the speakers addressed topics such as “Why
Do We Migrate,” “International Migration and the Millennium
Goals” and “Women in Developing Countries;” these
topics are particularly relevant to Sierra Leone – a postwar-weary
country with issues of inequality in the distribution of natural
Highlighting these issues, a commissioned paper was presented at
the Youth symposium by Mr.Ibrahim Mohamed Sesay from the Ministry
of Development and Economic Planning as a domestication of the UNFPA
State of the World Population Report 2006. The views expressed were
not necesssarily those of the government of Sierra Leone.
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YOUTH PRODUCERS FROM LISTEN
UP! CAPTURE PEABODY AWARD FOR "BEYOND BORDERS: PERSONAL STORIES
FROM A SMALL PLANET"
Broadcasting's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody
Award , is going to Listen Up! and our network of youth producers
world, for "Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet."
The series introduces short documentaries that explore unique visions
what it is like to grow up in different lands, under different social
and economic conditions. Beyond Borders premiered on the Independent
Film Channel throughout 2005-2006 as part of IFC's Shorts Showcase.
Through a groundbreaking distribution partnership, Listen Up! and
negotiated an exciting new venue for youth media from all across
The "Beyond Borders" project includes youth production
House of Frame (New York, NY), iEARN Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone),
Children's Voice (Ukraine), Polimorfo (Colombia), Evanston Township
High School (Evanston, IL), Sawtona "Our Voice" (Jordan),
Theater (United Kingdom) La Camioneta (Guatemala), Daejeon Media
(South Korea) Light House (Charlottesville, VA), and Spy Hop
Productions (Salt Lake City, UT).
Listen Up! shares this high honor with our global youth media
community; we are so proud to usher youth voice into a new frontier
excellence in Electronic Media.
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iEARN-SIERRA LEONE STUDENTS MAKE IT TO FINAL 20 IN BBC'S SEARCH
FOR "THE BEST NEW GROUP IN THE WORLD."
The BBC World Service programme 'The Beat' recently featured an
interview with Rashid Peters of iEARN Sierra Leone about his teenage
refugee band, BUMP. Rashid performed the song, "No War,"
as a delegate from iEARN-Sierra Leone at the iEARN Annual Conference
in Slovakia in 2004. Their music can be found at
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On May 5th, film-makers Jon Robson and Murray Clark, together
with writer Matt Stephenson, visited Freetown to work with young
people in iEARN Sierra Leone on a major digital media project:
developing children's skills and helping them to tell their
stories. Another bi-product is, of course, building real, lasting
links between Hull, a remote city in the east of England and
Freetown, another equally remote in the west of Africa. They
had heard about iEARN Sierra Leone's effort in using digital
technology and are here to assist. They will also be helping
with setting up of the music studio at some point.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Jon Robson - Hull based film-maker Jon Robson has been involved
in many projects working with young people in Hull and East
Yorkshire, The Seychelles, Ethiopia and The Navajo & Hopi reservations
in the US, using film and new media to develop ICT and communication
Matt Stephenson - Writer and journalist Matt Stephenson has
many years of experience as a feature writer, columnist, editor
and publisher and has also performed readings of his own creative
work at Hull, Huddersfield and Ilkley literature festivals.
Murray Clark - Media / film specialist Murray Clarke has had
18 years involvement in media education and the arts. He has
a wide range of skills and experience in the research, development
and production of audio & visual projects.
Andrew Greene Jr - As Founder and Director of iEARN Sierra
Leone, Andrew has overseen the successful implementation of
the Foreign Affairs-funded project 'No War Zone,' a humanitarian
youth program pioneered by War Child Canada. He has led workshops
worldwide, from Beijing to Washington, to share his vision of
using information and communications technology to promote peace-building
amongst children and war-scarred youth. He has earned multiple
awards, citations and bursaries for his peace-building efforts
and internet-based innovations.
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Africa Now: Untold Stories
The Canada Fund for Africa, CIDA, and Carleton University's
School of Journalism and Communication were host to the conference
on March 11 and 12, 2005, entitled "Africa Now: Untold Stories".
The conference brought together young Africans and Canadians,
media practitioners and development experts working on the continent
to provide their perspectives on some of the most difficult
challenges facing African youth today: HIV/AIDS, the environment,
war-affected youth, and childhood development in refugee camps.
The conference examined the role of the media in reporting on
these issues. The keynote speaker was Lt.-Gen. (retired) Roméo
Dallaire, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy,
Harvard University. Moderators and panellists include: Allan
Thompson, Associate Professor, Carleton School of Journalism
and Communication; Alexandre Trudeau, Journalist, Documentary
Filmmaker and Chair of the Board of Canada World Youth; and
Ken Wiwa, Globe and Mail columnist. The audience were invited
to participate in question and answer sessions with speakers
here for photos.
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Kono Music Outreach Program
iEARN SL musicians were in Kono to highlight through their
songs the very crucial issues facing Sierra Leone youth today.
They were accompanied by iEARN Sierra Leone youths from the
Girls Club and Gender, who met with several other young girls
in Kono to share experiences, make friends and debate on key
issues. One of the major topics for the debate was 'Education
is better than Early Marriage'. On the night of arrival, the
team of artists was greeted by many youth from Kono who spread
a welcome mat for their Freetown colleagues, treating them to
great hospitality. The radio discussions at the Kono Radio Station
were quite impressive and drew the attention of thousands of
listeners who heard the songs, spoke in a phone conversation
to the artists, and felt inspired by the messages. Youths enjoyed
great camaraderie and excitement in meeting people from different
locations in Sierra Leone. Debate competitions continued at
Farchima Hall, where participants consisted of schools and youth
groups in Kono and their counterparts from Freetown. The most
exciting part of the event was during the night of the music
performances, which drew the attention of hundreds of youth
in the Kono community. Much fine talent was displayed and appreciated.
To see photos of the event, click
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iEARN Sierra Leone Summer School Certification
iEARN Sierra Leone concluded a summer school ICT and Computer
Certification ceremony held in Freetown.
The ceremony marked the climax of a three-month successful
completion of ICT training for youth. The event occured on Saturday
the 24th of September, 2005, where iEARN Sierra Leone issued
certificates to 60 youth and students in the Freetown Municipality
in a grand ceremony. The youth who have successfully completed
a three-month summer school training (in computer programs ranging
from Introduction to Windows, Microsoft Word, MS Powerpoint
and MS Excel) were happy to receive Certificates of Merit.
Since 1999, iEARN Sierra Leone has helped youth in the area
of ICT to gain life-skills and address social issues, and is
the sole non-profit educational institution in the Sierra Leone
area dealing with online interaction.
Several personalities spoke at the event including longtime
iEARN SL friend and board member, Mohamed Pa-Momo Fofanah. Mr.
Fofanah is also a Barrister and Solicitor, the 2004 Reebok Human
Rights Award Winner, and former Director of Defence for Children
International Sierra Leone. Also present were: Mr. John Lahai,
CEO of Sierra Leone Youth Empowerment organization (SLEO); Mr.
Bockarie Enssah, President of the Common Wealth Youth organization
in Sierra Leone; and Mr. Sylvanus Murray, Coordinator of Taking
It Global Sierra Leone and teacher representing the Principal
of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School.
to read the complete report of the ceremony.
for more pictures from the ceremoney.
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iEARN Introduction to Journalism Workshop
Made possible by a two and a half thousand dollar grant from
Voluntary Services Overseas, iEARN SL was able to host its first-ever
Introduction to Journalism Workshop, and it was a resounding
success. Students were able to discuss the meaning of journalism,
media and its importance in Sierra Leone, corruption in journalism,
and the importance of balanced reporting and journalistic integrity.
Local newspaper reporter and editor, John Koroma, who works
at a local paper called “Wisdom,” gave a lecture on journalism
in print and electronic media. Also featured was a lecture by
George Caulker, a television reporter from ABC news, the first
privately owned television news station in Sierra Leone. Special
thanks go to the Women’s Vocational Centre, an organization
which employs and teaches underprivileged young women skills
in business, cooking, batik and sewing; they catered a wonderful
This workshop is the first of six designed to impart journalistic
skills to youth and encourage them to go into journalism as
a career. Future workshops will include organization, creation,
and distribution of a newsletter, current events reporting,
and grammar with respect to Krio/English translation. Students
who complete all six workshops will be awarded a certificate
and possibly an internship.
Read more about the workshop here.
You can donate to help make these workshops possible! Click
HERE to go to our donate
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iEARN Girls Workshop
iEARN SL hosted the first-ever Girls Workshop. About twenty-seven
registered iEARN girls club members, dressed up in their finest
African wear, gathered inside the local NGO for an informative
afternoon of discussion, debate and activity. At the end of
the day, they emerged with more confidence, more awareness,
and more solidarity as women in Sierra Leone. Discussion and
debate topics included: war-affected girls, gender roles, and
empowerment for women. At the end of the workshop the girls
performed a traditional Sierra Leonean dance and a short skit.
Special thanks go to Miss Beatrix Kemba, President of the iEARN
girls club, Lovetta Pratt, member of Sisters in Development,
Women’s Vocational Centre in Freetown (an organization which
employs and teaches underprivileged young women skills in business,
cooking, batik and sewing), Gender Officer Joyce Johnson of
UNDP and Ministry of Youth and Sport, iEARN SL's intern Heather
Avery, Agnes K. Kamara, and others who participated in making
this day a success.
Read more about the workshop here
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Moving to the Beats/Mobilizing Youth
In an unprecedented all-youth initiative, iEARN SL proudly
launches the album "Moving to the Beats / Mobilizing Youth:
Salone fo Go Befo." Salone fo Go Befo is Krio for 'Sierra Leone
Must Progress,' and that is exactly what these youths are doing.
Please click here
to read more about all the performers and their individual contributions.
Music has played a pivotal role both for talent sharing and
as a therapeutic process in the lives of youth. Through the
support of caring global citizens, iEARN SL have been able to
put together 13 songs all done by youth. The songs are also
simultaneously being featured in a video documentary done by
the iEARN Sierra Leone filming crew, in collaboration with Talking
Drum Studio, entitled "Search For Common Grounds in Freetown."
The 13 songs address topics related to HIV/AIDS and the issue
of children's rights (child soldiers) and peace.
On the 3rd of December, 2005, this album will be launched to
coincide with an international peace concert in which many young
artists have been short-listed. iEARN SL appreciates any assistance
to help further the launch of this spectacular album: please
click here to see how you can donate.
iEARN SL is grateful to War
Child Canada, Talking
Drum Studio, Ministry of Youth and Sports (for providing
invitation letters for international participants), Mothers
Against Military Advancement (MAMAS),
Music Network, Rappers United By Beating Aids (RUBBA),
WH Day Elementary
School Canada, iEARN
Canada, and iEARN
USA for their immeasurable assistance in this project.
You may hear selected songs from the CD at the www.childsoldiers.org
website (be sure to download Real Audio).
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| November 2004-
International Day of Youth
Day of Youth (in Word)
| September 2004-
Environmental Online (ENO) Tree Planting Day
by Alimamy Sekou Bangura, Acting iEARN SL Coordinator
by Franklin Koroma, Youth Facilitator
by Franklin Mawendeh, Youths Project Animator
Song by the
iEARN SL Positive Music Project
| Summer 2004-
SL Centers Founded in Bo and Kono Regions" (in PDF)
SL Centers Founded in Bo and Kono Regions" (in Word)
| March/April 2004 –
and the Plan Netherlands Rap4Rights Initiative
| January 2004-
SL Attends the Hague International Model United Nations
| October 2003-
SL Attends HIV/AIDS Workshop at US Embassy
| July 2003 –
iEARN SL Attends the Africa-Canada Youth Symposium for Leadership
| April 2003 –
iEARN SL Wins ChildNet Award for Best New-to-the-Net