Preparing for Democratic and Peaceful Elections

The Association Rondine Cittadella Della Pace Alumni International Peace Lab and the University of Makeni are embarking on an initiative for democratic and peaceful elections in Sierra Leone. The initiative is directed towards the promotion of democratic and peaceful election before, during and after the March 2018 elections.

Recently a training of trainers on the promotion of democratic and peaceful election in 2018 elections in Sierra Leone was conducted. The training brought together participants from all regions of the country for a period of one month. In turn the trainers will train about 360 people from all sectors of society on the peaceful conduct and monitoring of the elections.

Rondine International Peace Lab ALumni planning for the training of trainers

According to the 2015 Census Report the present population of Sierra Leone is 7 million. Statistics from the National electoral Commission indicated that only 3.5 million people are eligible to vote and be voted for during the 2018 general elections.

Training facilitators were drawn from all sectors of society including the Vice Chancellor of UNIMAK Professor Joseph Turay , the registrar of UNIMAK Reverend Dr. Fr. Francis Sehdu Sesay, the secretary of the Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone Reverend Moses Kanu and the Association Rondine Cittadella Della Pace International Peace Lab Alumni Jessica Hallak

The Association Rondine Cittadella Della Pace Alumni International Peace Lab facilitator Jessica Hallak concluded the training. She was impressed with the level of commitment exhibited by the participants. “Attending all the sessions of this training for the four weeks period means a lot. It means you are committed in promoting good governance in Sierra Leone.” She explained.

At the end of the training of trainers the 12 participants expressed satisfaction over the level of training received during the one month period. Antony Newman Levey is a participants residing in the southern capital Bo. He said travelling to Makeni every week from Bo to attend the training was significant. He like most of the participants believed that the training built their capacity to monitor and report the electoral process before, during and after the 2018 elections. A resident of Freetown Margaret Dauda also narrated that she now knows the different electoral management bodies and their role in the 2018 elections. “It is not only about monitoring the elections, it is about understanding the functions of the EMBs” she said.

The first elections after the one party rule in the country were held in 1996.With the end of the civil war in 2002 the first peaceful democratic elections in Sierra Leone were held. The country returned to normalcy. In 2004 the first local council elections were held and 19 local councils across the country were established. The country’s democratic credentials grew when the 2007 and 2012 elections were peacefully conducted respectfully.

The University of Makeni Director of Human Resource Veronica Kamara explained that based on the previous and current elections, it is evident that there is lack of awareness for voters regarding the election process. First, there is a lack of “knowhow” on monitoring of elections from state and non state democratic institutions and there is limited awareness raising on how to register and how to vote. “Rondine and the University of Makeni want to bridge this gap and foster a free flow of information during the electoral process” she noted.

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Call for Applications to next MBA programme

MBA E4Impact Entrepreneurs AT UNIMAK
The University of Makeni (UNIMAK) in partnership with Catholic University of Milano (Italy) and Tangaza University College (Kenya) is inviting applications for the 3rd Edition of the MBA E4Impact entrepreneurship program.

One of Africa’s most pressing needs is to have a new kind of impact entrepreneurs, who desire to do more than just make profits. These impact entrepreneurs want to identify and solve social problems on a large scale, to touch their communities and drive a positive and sustainable change.
To respond to these challenges, the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) – the largest private University in Europe – created the MBA “E4 Impact Entrepreneurship programme”. The prestigious double-degree Master course (internationally recognized title) is offered at the University of Makeni, with a number of total and partial scholarships available.
The MBA program aims to develop Impact entrepreneurship skills, linking up the students with Local and international network of professors, partners and investors and enabling them to start-up and grow their businesses during and beyond the course. The whole course is a 12-month in class and distance session for active and inspiring leaders who want to move their ideas from a business concept to a complete business plan. The program is taught using a blended formula, a portion in the classroom (3 intensive weeks at the beginning, middle and final part of the year, plus 6 long weekends from Friday to Sunday), and the rest on-line and with on-the-field Business Coaching. This formula allows the entrepreneur to pursue the MBA without having to leave his/her profession, job or business.
The program, already achieving considerable success in Nairobi (Kenya) at Tangaza University College and in Accra (Ghana) at Catholic Institute of Business and Technology, has achieved a distinctive international reputation, being the first non-American program to receive the Ashoka Innovation Award from the Ashoka Foundation, the world’s foremost organization for the promotion of social entrepreneurship.
At UNIMAK the MBA is ending its second edition in September with highly qualified international and local lecturers and mentors who have transferred invaluable business knowledge to the entrepreneurs in the start-up and development of their businesses. Eligible candidates have business experience or a strong business attitude, an impactful idea for a new business or a small venture ongoing (particularly but not exclusively in the Agribusiness or Energy efficiency sector), commitment for Sierra Leone’s sustainable development,
 Curriculum vitae
 Copy of Degree certificate(s) certified from Ministry of Education Science and Technology and Min. of Foreign Affairs
 Copy of Degree Transcripts
 Business Summary (Business Idea/Concept)
 Recommendation letter
 Photocopy of Passport / National ID
 For those with foreign degree certificate, a Diploma Supplement or a Declaration of Value (issued by Italian Embassy in the country of study) is needed.
NB: the completed application form and the admission requirements documents should be sent via email to and delivered hard copy to contact below
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
ALTIS Graduate School of Business & Society
Via San Vittore 18, 20123 Milano (Italy)
University of Makeni
MBA Secretariat
P.O. Box 2 Azzolini Highway, Makeni, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232- 076 908795 / 088898243/ 077995178
For more Info:
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Sign by : Peter A.B Lansana
MBA Program Manager, University of Makeni.