March 26, 2018 By Yusufu S. Bangura
As part of efforts to ensure safe and conducive learning environment in schools, Save The Children on Friday, March 23, handed over four refurbished primary schools in the Western Area.
The four schools include: Hillside Baptist Primary School at George Brook, Dwarzarck, REC Bathurst Primary School, Ahmadiyya Primary School and Kissy Municipal Primary School.
In addition, learning, water and sanitation materials were also handed over to the beneficiary schools.
In his statement, the organisation’s Western Area Manager, Peter Bailey, explained that they focus their support on health, education and child protection, adding that they also strive to ensure that children acquire basic education.
He said the mudslide and flood disaster, which struck the country last August, put many children out of school, with learning materials in some schools washed away by the flooding.
“This is the reason why Save The Children together with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology came together to help children with school materials and rehabilitate some schools,” he said.
Bailey added that refurbishing the schools was necessitated by the twin humanitarian disasters last August which claimed the lives of over a thousand Sierra Leoneans, including school children.
Also, Deputy Director of Education Western Urban, Nana Bockarie, said the decision to help poor children, especially those affected by the disaster, was not an easy task and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity by doing well in their academic work.
“You have to take good care of these items given to you. Let may say that this is not the first time Save The Children and the Ministry of Education are coming together to help schools,” she said.
Head Teacher of Hillside Baptist Primary School, Mariama A. Bull, thanked Save The Children for the support as theirs was one of the schools affected by the mudslide and flood disaster.
“I feel very happy for the rebuilding of the school wall. Let me use this opportunity to appeal to other donors to help us in other areas, especially payment of teachers. Most of our teachers are not being paid,” she said.
Also, Head Teacher of REC Bathurst Primary School, Carlton Aitkins, praised Save The Children for their kind donation and urged others to emulate them.