April 20, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
President of the Kenema Old Students’ Association (KOSA), has noted that he was pleased to collaborating with the administration of the Government Secondary Kenema (GSSK) in celebrating the schools’ 65th anniversary slated to take place from 21st to 30 April, 2017.
Mohamed Kallon, while addressing journalists at a special press conference in Freetown, said the theme for this year’s celebration would be ‘Home coming payback time,’ adding that series of activities have been lined- up in collaboration with the principal of the school, Mohamed J. Mansaray, in order to make the occasion a colourful one.
He added that it was timely for old students to pay back to their alma mater by contributing both financial and physically towards the development of the school.
“I am pleased with the level of commitments of my colleagues towards my presidency. GSSK is ours, and it is only when we work together that we can achieve our objective of improving on the standard of education in our school,” he said, adding that his executive has emphasised the need for transparency and accountability, so that old boys could contribute without any doubt.
KOSA Secretary General, Abdul Karim Kamara, said the theme for the celebration was crafted in a way to motivate old students pay back by embarking on developmental programs for the school.
He said this year’s celebration would be remarkable, not only to the students but to a good number of Sierra Leoneans, who have in one way or the other benefited from those who acquired quality education from the school.
He added that since the establishment of GSSK in 1952, the school has produced people who were meaningfully contributing to the development of Sierra Leone and the world at large.
“I want to inform you and the wider populace that this year, we will interface with the Lebanese community of Kenema.This is important because we want them to have sense of belonging. Over the years, we have visited a lot of other institutions. This is because GSSK is a community school and we want everybody to be onboard. We have decided as an executive that all of those old students, who would join us for this occasion, should sleep at the bordering home so that all of us can get a feel of the challenges facing the school,” he said.
He further noted that as part of the celebration, they would engage the Trinity Old Students Association (TOBA), in a football march, organise a reunion and ball dance, plus a thanks giving ceremony to climax the occasion.
“The school has got challenges over the years. The school’s facility was used as home for the Liberian refugees and internally displaced persons during the war. The old boys have been contributing one way or the other to improve on the infrastructure and provide conducive learning environment for pupils,” he said.
He thanked the UK branch and other branches of the association for their meaningful contributions towards the school.