Get Ready for A New School Year: EduNations' Education Secretary, Michael Turay, Leads the Way

Published Sun, Aug 27, 2023
Written by Dana Kaltenberger


EduNations “Education Secretary”, Michael Alusine Turay, is a dedicated advocate for quality education but also a dedicated family man. Michael hails from a small town of Matotoka in mid-north Sierra Leone, is married to Mariama and is a father of four boys: Michael Jr., Emmanuel, and, earlier this year, twins Peter and Paul.


As Education Secretary, Michael has a big job since supervises academic activities in all 15 EduNations’ schools in 6 remote villages in Sierra Leone.  This includes proper implementation of educational programs and other government and organizational policies, regular participation in Ministry of Education meetings in all five operational Districts, supervision and collaboration with educators, administrators, and community stakeholders to ensure equitable access to education and academic success for all students.


This year EduNations is expecting over three thousand seven hundred to enroll in schools from Nursery, Primary, Junior Secondary, all the way to Senior Secondary School. Each student is supplied with school uniforms as well as supplies from exercise books, pens and pencils, files, mathematical sets, and rulers.


With each approaching school year, EduNations conducts a week-long Teachers Training seminar. This year we expect one hundred and fifty teachers to attend this comprehensive training program to enhance their instructional skills and adapt to evolving educational needs. The teacher training includes innovative teaching methodologies, “child-centered teaching training”, integration of technology in the classroom, fostering inclusive-learning environments, and critical thinking skills. These training aim to equip educators with the necessary tools and strategies to effectively engage students successfully as well as to continue in their professional development.


One notable change this year is the introduction of the STEM “Workstream Subject Packages’ (WSP) Program in the Senior Secondary School curriculum. The WSP program is aimed at fostering students' interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on learning experiences, innovative projects, and collaborative opportunities to equip students with the skills necessary for the jobs of the future.