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Consider Dr. Hassan B. Sisay, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Chico (CSUC), for Salone For Minister of Education

23 December 2012 at 20:38 | 4132 views

By Abdul Kamara, California, USA.

By now every one of us who loves Salone bemoans the current state of the educational system and infrastructure. Moving this critical backbone of the nation is a tall order. I would however like to offer the name of an individual who has the credentials and the wherewithal to begin to move this important task forward. Dr. Hassan Bailey Sisay is no stranger to the field of education. Indeed he is quite conversant with how one goes about engaging in program development and maintenance.

Dr. Sisay (photo) commenced teaching early in his career at several schools in the provinces. Thereafter, he attended the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology where he obtained a Teachers Advanced certificate with Distinction in Teaching. Dr. Sisay then proceeded to the United States for further studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in history and sociology from Langston University in Oklahoma and a Masters and PhD in United States History and Government from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dr. Sisay has taught US history, African History, and African American history at CSU, Chico for over thirty years.

He is an accomplished scholar who has published several articles and is the author of the book: Big Powers and Small Nations: A case study of US Foreign Policy towards Liberia. A sequel to this book entitled Authoritarian rule in Africa is on the way. Dr. Sisay is a US Fulbright Scholar and has experience in seeking funding for educational initiatives. For instance, in 2003, he successfully collaborated on and obtained a Fulbright Hayes Study Abroad grant from the US Department of Education. The project took participants from the US educational sectors to South Africa.

Given the above I see him as a formidable and viable option for Minister of Education and I hope his Excellency, Dr. Ernest Koroma will take this into consideration.

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