NETHERLANDS EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST DELIVERS PUBLIC LECTURES ON SDGS AT 5 TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN FREETOWN
By Alfred Fornah
Professor Pieter Bon, an Educational psychologist and Chairman of the Academy for Sustainable Development in the Netherlands has delivered exceptional public lecture series on Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGS) at five tertiary educational institutions in Freetown.
The public lecture series which were facilitated by Abubakarr Bangura, the CEO of SEP Investment Services and an active participant of the Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) program, were conducted at the Civil Service Training College, African Graduate University, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, College of Professional Studies and the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology ( IAMTECH) from the 21st- 24th January, 2019 respectively.
These events attracted more than five hundred ( 500) participants including students, lecturers and other stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.
Professor Bon anchored his lectures on all the seventeen goals but laid emphasy on goal 4- quality education, goal 8 which is about decent work and economic growth and goal 17- building sustainable partnerships.
He was also delighted to deliver his thoughts and explained in details; demonstrating clear examples regarding what he described to as the five Ps of the SDGs: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
He also discussed emerging global trends that are inline with the SDGs and stressed the need to work towards sustainability.
” Sustainable development can only be achieved by fulfilling the needs of the people now and also taking into account the needs of next generations. In that respect it was hopeful to see that during my lectures the subject of sustainable development was received with enthusiasm. I discussed with the participants not only about their own future but also about the future of Sierra Leone as part of the global community. We will have to start thinking, acting and organizing differently in this world with regards to economic, ecological and social issues. We can’t wait anymore!”
Pieter Bon noted.
The final day of the lectures also saw presentation of fantastic business ideas by participants of SEP accelerator program at the Start Hub at IAMTECH and the distribution of IT materials by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to MMCET, EBK University and IAMTECH.
The Principal of IAMTECH, Dr Wundah commended Mr Bangura for bringing Pieter Bon to Sierra Leone to engage higher educational institutions about a new trend in education. He noted that sustainable development should be in every curriculum in Sierra Leone. He said Mr Bangura is one of the few progressive Sierra Leone diasporans that is really seeking the interest of his home country.
Representatives from IOM and the Director of Office of Diaspora Affairs Dr Kallay Musa Conteh also praised Mr Bangura for his strives towards the development of his country.
Abubakarr Bangura in his response thanked Pieter Bon and added that entrepreneurship is a key factor for sustainable economic growth and job creation.
In a related development, Pieter Bon and Abubakarr Bangura also paid a courtesy call on the Hon Minister of Technical and Higher Education and the manager of Sierra Leone Brewery to share ideas about the Public Lectures and the posibility of partnership to promote entrepreneurship and curriculum development for tertiary institutions in Sierra Leone inorder to increase job creation for graduates and spark economic development in the country.
The Public lecture series are powered by SEP Investment Services, Academy for Sustainable Development, IOM and Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA) within the frame work of CD4D program.
© Alfred Fornah
Communication Officer ODA.