February 4, 2015 By Alusine Sesay
A community-based organization operating in the Goderich community, Save the Needy – Sierra Leone, with support from Hilden Charity Trust in the United Kingdom, last Saturday donated learning materials and uniforms to 80 pupils from eight schools in the Western Rural community.
Executive Director of Save the Needy, Violet Lenger-Fofanah, told the gathering that her organization had in the past made similar donation to the community, with dozens of pupils and backyard gardeners being beneficiaries.
She called on the pupils to make good use of the materials and to focus on achieving quality education. She also admonished parents to guide their children on the need to acquire quality education.
Alimamy Bangura from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology thanked the organization for the donation, and acknowledged that the ministry alone cannot do it as they need support from non-state actors like Save the Needy.
He said the materials would facilitate the achievement of quality education, as poor education standard he said greatly determines the future of the country.
He called on teachers to inculcate the habit of reading in children so as to help them attain quality education, while also calling on the children to focus on their education.
Assistant Director in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Madam Worokia Conteh, expressed her delight for the largesse, and urged the children to focus on their education, which she said is the key to success.
She further admonished the girls to avoid men whom, according to her, come around to destroy their future, but to instead concentrate on their academic work, adding that they should think big and possess high determination as some women are highly placed in society because they are educated.
Madam Conteh commended the organization for the donation, noting that such would go a long way in lessening the burden on teachers and help the children to achieve sound education.
Area Chairman at the Metchem community, Goderich, Alfred Unisa, commended the organization, noting that such a gesture would go a long way in assisting children achieve quality education.
The schools that benefited from the donation include Ahmadiyya Muslim primary school, Kankaylay primary school, REC Chambers, REC Ogu Farm, REC Adonkia and Nibatt 13 primary school.