By Mohamed Massaquoi
As part of celebrations marking European Day, the Delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone has organized series of outreach activities in various secondary schools in Freetown to highlight the strong links between the European Union (EU) and Sierra Leone.
The move was to inform Sierra Leoneans about the development cooperation and European integration from humble beginning to a successful relationship that has positively impacted not only on Europe but Africa as a whole, including Sierra Leone.
Teachers and pupils from EducAid Secondary School, Albert Academy, among others, participated in quiz competitions in the presence of EU officials who visited the schools to interact with the pupils and staff and to explain more about the intervention of the EU in the development process of Sierra Leone.
While addressing pupils and teachers of the two schools, an official in the EU country office, Tom Ashwanden, informed all about the “unity through diversity” that has existed among EU member states over a long period, noting that the event is celebrated annually on 9 May to mark the day when the European integration project began among its members.
He said economic integration, democracy and good governance are some of the core values that brought European Union members together with over five hundred million people and 28 countries.
“I am very happy to be here today and to engage Sierra Leoneans, especially school-going children, on the principles of the European Union and the unity that brought us together,” said Mr. Ashwanden.
“The EU has been very helpful to Sierra Leone and other countries across the world through tax payers’ money. We have engaged in a lot of activities in areas like health, agriculture, roads and infrastructure among others. We are here so that the pupils will know more about the EU and some of its activities.”
A pupil from EducAid Secondary School, Ahmed Mansaray, thanked the EU for its support to the government and people of Sierra Leone. He said he was privileged to have been informed about the formation of the EU and some of its activities in Sierra Leone.