In a bid to strengthen and promote the Tourism sector in Sierra Leone, Mr. Simon Ingram-Hill, British Council Country Director visited the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt on June 12th, 2018.
In his remarks, Mr. Simon disclosed that the essence of his visit is to positively collaborate with the Tourism Ministry for the development of the Tourism sector in Sierra Leone.
“We believe that the exchange of Artists and fixing of festivals is a way of sending out messages to the UK and at the same time promoting young Artisans from Sierra Leone”
He furthered that there were not much of Artisans products in Sierra Leone due to the then Ebola outbreak.
In her statement, the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Pratt said she has identified that Art, Culture, and Theatre are very weak in Higher Education;adding that they were working to develop University linkages between the University of Sierra Leone, Njala University and including other accredited universities to establish a very good school in Culture and Arts that would add to the skeleton which they have had in Sierra Leone.
“Creative Arts are dying in schools; we, therefore, want to put attention in Arts and crafts in schools,” the Minister asserted.
She furthered that Education must be placed at the center of the Tourism industry in Sierra Leone; adding that the current generation does not know much about the history of Sierra Leone.
In attendance of the meeting were the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Illawin Robinson; Mr. Michael Dennis, Programme Manager British Council, Tower Hill in Freetown.
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