GTB supports Bio’s free education


November 29, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Managing Director of GTB Ade Adebiyi handing over books to Head Teacher of Saint Anthony

Guaranty Trust Bank Sierra Leone Limited (GTB) yesterday donated learning materials to pupils of Saint John, Saint Anthony, and Aberdeen Municipal primary schools respectively, as part of their contribution towards President Julius Maada Bio’s free quality education initiative.

According to the Managing Director of GTB, Ade Adebiyi, education would give pupils the opportunity to be better placed in society.

“Education is the bedrock of development in any country and we know that the free quality education policy of the new government was a good idea. I hope the pupils would embrace it with both hands,” he said.

He said as a cooperate institution, they would try to support schools with learning materials and  help push the free quality education forward, adding that they were donating  learning material to five different primary schools in the Freetown municipality.

He said they would also make similar donations to schools in Kenema, Bo and Makeni and Western Rural.

Adebiyi said despite donating books to schools, they had also helped in renovating schools in Freetown and Kenema, noting that without doubt, their support to education was not only limited to the present government objectives.

He maintained that they have spent over 200 million Leones for the renovation of schools and the provision of learning materials.

“This is part of our corporate social responsibility. You are the future leaders of this country and so please do well in your school work,” he admonished the pupils.

He said for them at GTB, they believed in developing partnership with stockholders in the society that would help give back to society.

The Managing Director said they chose education because they believed anyone who has quality education would  be better positioned to achieve quality life style.

 “We believed the enabling environment should be created for pupils to get quality teaching service. One such way is the provision of learning materials.  We are business people but we like to give back to society. I also want to appeal that these books be used judiciously and the children should benefit from using them,” he said.

The Head Teacher of Aberdeen Municipal Primary School, Madam Batte Johnson, thanked the management and staff of GTB for choosing her school as there were many schools in Freetown.

She expressed delight for the materials as they were in dire need of them. She welcomed the bank’s idea to renovate the school as the classrooms were not conducive for learning.

One of the beneficiaries at Saint John Primary School, Lansana I. Bangura, thanked the Director and staff of GTB for the donation and promised to make good use of them.