– Nearly a decade after Sierra Leone’s deadly civil war, a new program in the West
African nation supported by The University of Texas at Arlington is equipping
students with the training they need to help Sierra Leoneans heal socially.
Bay College, part of the University of Sierra Leone System, began offering a
Bachelor of Science degree in social work this year through its new Department
of Social Work. UT Arlington’s Africa Program and School of Social Work helped
develop the program, with faculty members contributing to the curriculum and
providing textbooks for students and faculty.
are pressing social challenges and needs in Sierra Leone,” said Alusine Jalloh,
an associate professor of history and director of The Africa Program. “Until
now there has been no academic training for social workers.”
Ryan, dean of UT Arlington’s School of Social Work, said the involvement of
faculty members demonstrates their “strong commitment to the needs of our
contributions made by our faculty reflect our values in action,” Ryan said.
mission of Fourah Bay College’s new, four-year degree program is to prepare
entry-level, generalist social work professionals who will demonstrate ethical
leadership in innovative multidisciplinary practice, social reform, and
research in diverse groups, institutions, communities and nations, Jalloh said.
will be provided with a range of opportunities to develop broad knowledge and
skills base consistent with individual, family, group, institution, and
community growth and development initiatives. They are expected to practice
using core social work values and examine and resolve ethical dilemmas.
plans call for adding a master’s and doctoral program in the Fourah Bay College
Department of Social Work, Jalloh said.
year, UT Arlington partnered with Global Connection Partnership Network, First
Baptist Church of Arlington, Buckner International, Fourah Bay College and
other organizations to open the Hope Center in Sierra Leone.
11,000-square foot structure offers a conference room, male and female
dormitories, classrooms, computer lab, dental and medical clinic and a guest
said the new bachelor’s program continues that goal of restoring hope to a
nation in need.
outreach effort is representative of the global initiatives offered by The
University of Texas at Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of 33,439
students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.
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