By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
Action Aid Sierra Leone’s Moyamba ‘Local Rights Program’ has handed over a six classroom building comprising a head teacher’s office, hand-pump well, toilets and a playing field to the management of the MDEC Primary School in Bumpetoke, Kargboro Chiefdom in the Moyamba District.
The building, according to Action Aid, was provided to allow a more conducive learning environment for the children, and to cater for the increase in enrolment and retention rate of children, as well as to promote the girl child education.
In his remarks, the District Officer-South, Prince Soriba, thanked Action Aid “for providing such a modern building for the school”.
“Investing in education means Action Aid is building the human capacity of Sierra Leone,” he said and urged the community people to send their children to school and ensure they monitor their progress until they complete their primary education, and then proceed to secondary and tertiary levels.
Giving an overview of the project, Action Aid International Sierra Leone’s Moyamba Local Rights Program Manager, Zainab Binta Senesie, noted that her organization believes in rights-based approach, and that they are not only building schools, toilets, water wells, among others, for the benefit of the people, but they also educate them about their rights to these facilities.
Madam Senesie informed her audience that they are currently sensitising the community people about their rights to basic facilities.
“The title of the project is ‘Rebuilding Primary Education in Bumpetoke’. Two years ago, we came to collect information from children for our sponsorship project. We discovered that the children were finding it very difficult to write as some of them had to protect their documents from rain. We also discovered that the children had to sit under a mango tree while taking their classes,” she observed, adding that “this prompted us to initiate the project to construct the building at the MDEC Primary School”.
She disclosed that the total sum of Le440,000 was given to parents of 25 girls, in addition to building the capacity of the school’s Management Committee and providing teaching and learning materials. She said they are also going to pay the fees of seven untrained and unqualified teachers for three years to get their Teacher’s Certificate to enhance their teaching skills.
Deputy Chairman of the Moyamba District Council, Rev. Anthony Pessima, lauded Action Aid for complementing the effort of the council in the area of development in the district.
Deputy Director of Education, Moyamba District, Mohamed Kamara, called on the head teacher of the school to recruit trained and qualified teachers to ensure the pupils get the quality education they desire.