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By Dr. Harriet Sakala, FAWEZA Alumni

From the Executive

FAWE contributes to Clinton Global Initiative education discussions


Monday, 29 September 2008

Dr Christiana Thorpe, Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone and Founding Chairperson of FAWE Sierra Leone, and Dr Codou Diaw, Executive Director of FAWE, were active participants in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting held in New York, US, in September 2008.

Dr Thorpe, former Deputy Minister of Education of Liberia and founder of an NGO for girls affected by war, was a panellist at the CGI Education Track session ‘Education and the Struggle for Peace and Stability’

She said ‘the challenge for boys and girls who are affected by conflict is first of all to restore their dignity. And no matter how you do it, you restore that dignity by some form of education.’

Dr Thorpe called for ‘alternative forms of education’ for adolescents who missed out on schooling due to conflict. She recommended the use of ‘functional education’ geared towards the personal interests of conflict-affected teenagers and towards concrete employment opportunities.

Dr Diaw was invited earlier this year by former President Bill Clinton to serve as a member of the Advisory Board for CGI’s education working group. She was among the CGI members introduced by President Clinton in his announcement of the Goldman Sachs ‘10,000 Women’ commitment that will provide business education to 400 African women over five years.

Dr Thorpe’s participation in the Education Track session can be viewed at
http://video.clintonglobalinitiative.org/health_cast/player_cgi2008_nointro.cfm?id=4593.

President Clinton’s commitments announcement can be viewed at http://video.clintonglobalinitiative.org/health_cast/player_cgi2008_nointro.cfm?id=4592.

Please visit www.fawe.org for regular news updates.

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