By: Alex A. Bah, Public Relations Assistant, ACC
At the Maiden Edition of the National Education Champions Awards 2023 Ceremony, organized by the Mamie Mariama Justice Ganawah Education Foundation (MaMJGEF) at Hotel Cabenda, Freetown, on Saturday 26th January, 2024, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and its Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. bagged Awards, firstly for the Commission’s Eminent Contributions in Injecting Integrity and Addressing Academic Malpractices affecting the Educational Sector, and secondly, a life time Achievers Award to the Commissioner of the ACC, for his achievements in the fight against corruption.
The MaMJGEF which is a non-profit organization providing educational resources, offering scholarships and creating opportunities for those in need, has this award Ceremony as its pinnacle event to recognize excellent scholars, graduates, institutions and individuals impacting the educational sector.
With this year’s theme on “Celebrating Education Champions”, the ACC received an Education Champions Award with the citation noting the Contributions of the Commission particularly with the activities of its Elite Scorpion Squad in Curbing Examination Malpractice and formation of policies aimed at addressing such menace.
The Commissioner was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for instituting these reforms that aims at sanitizing the academic sector.
Receiving these Awards on behalf of the Commission and Commissioner, at this auspicious ceremony, Director of Public Education and External Outreach Department, Patrick Sandi, thanked the Foundation for organizing such events that underscored the importance of education as the fundamental cornerstone for development.
Mr. Sandi said the ACC is cognizant of this fact, which has substantially informed its reforms and activities to inject integrity and maximize academic excellence. He added that, the Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala is an academic too, with wealth of knowledge and experience from various continents that continue to shape his perspectives and approaches. This Mr. Sandi furthered is what informs the Commissioner’s spirit coupled with his firm desire to make Sierra Leone a better nation.
The Awards Ceremony was graced by noble institutions promoting Education, exceptional Students in Schools and Universities across the Country, and various educational Stakeholders who were also Awarded.