The Government of Sierra Leone through the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) and UNICEF have agreed to collaborate to develop Sierra Leone’s innovation ecosystem.
UNICEF Country Representative, Dr. Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim and Dr. Moinina David Sengeh, Sierra Leone’s Chief Innovation Officer; signed an agreement that will guide the way the two institutions work together.
“The way I see it, Sierra Leone is in the process of becoming a success story in the field of innovation,” says Dr. Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim.
“I think it is the perfect time for this strong drive, commitment, and openness expressed by the government of Sierra Leone, through establishing a very capable Directorate of Innovation within the President’s Office, to result into a historic success for the people of this country through innovation,” he added.
At the signing at New England Ville in Freetown, Dr. Sengeh said that UNICEF’s support for innovation and education to DSTI has already begun to produce results. Scientists at DSTI are working in collaboration with UNICEF Innovation in New York through the UNICEF Country Officer to develop the nation’s first digital education dashboard.
“UNICEF in Sierra Leone and DSTI started working together on day one. Our engagements in Sierra Leone have opened more doors with UNICEF Innovations in NY and other UN agencies,” said Dr. Sengeh.
“We will continue to share resources, including talent and data. Together UNICEF and DSTI will continue to ask research questions with a single goal: using technology and innovation to support better outcomes in education, health, and survival of Sierra Leone’s children.”