|Mar 31, 2016, 17:12||e|
|The National President of the Children’s Forum Network (CFN), Paulina H. Bangura, has urged the Government to introduce Career Counseling and Career Talk programs in Secondary Schools.|
Bangura made this appeal whilst delivering a statement at the official opening of a two days Leadership Advocacy Skills and Capacity Building Workshop organized by the Kids Advocacy Network. Training programme was held with support from the World Bank, AMNet, One Family People and Don Bosco Fambul who hosted the sessions.
|Paulina H Bangura, CFN National President|
According Ms Bangura, 60% of students in universities didn’t have proper counseling on how to choose their career path when they were in secondary school or university. She disclosed that this has led to the poor performance in the job market, because graduate from such experience did not have proper counseling and failed to develop passion for their career before choosing it.
The CFN president stated that if the Government initiated such programs in schools, it would empower young people to choose a career they have passion for and will create more job opportunities for young people.
She also urged the idea of promoting the culture of reading in schools, noting that 85% of schools in the country cannot boast of a library, whilst 13.2% of those that have library cannot boast of relevant books and research materials in these libraries.
Bangura said that this has led to the poor performance of pupils in public exams. She called on Government, the NGO community, UN agencies and philanthropist organizations to help capacitate school libraries and to also help in introducing a policy for every school to have a library.
Awareness Times 31 March 2016