…US-based Sierra Leonean offers
December 22, 2016 By Joseph S. Margai
US-based Sierra Leonean, Henry Shyllon, has awarded a seven- year scholarship to a 12-year-old Junior Secondary School (JSS) pupil of Grammar School.
The signing of the agreement to take over the payment of school fees and other charges from the parents took place on Tuesday 20th December, 2016 in the office of the school principal, Akiwande Lasite.
Speaking during the ceremony, Henry Shyllon, said he was at the school to support one Ibrahim Ernest Daramy, adding that he had wanted him to attend the Prince of Wales School but the pupil opted for Grammar School.
“I am the current president of the Prince of Wales Alumni Association and it he would have been easy for me had he opted for the school. But he decided to come over here and I respected that,” he said.
He promised to take full responsibility of all the school expenses of the JSS I pupil for seven years because he had seen a lot of potentials in him, adding that he strongly believed that with his support, Ibrahim Ernest Daramy would be able to realise his potentials.
“I have personally asked him about what he wants to become in the future. He told me that he wants to be a surgeon and to achieve that he needs lots of financial as well as material support. I want also to remove the headache of paying school fees from his parents,” he said.
Principal of Grammar School, Akiwande Lasite, said it was a golden opportunity for Ibrahim and that such could be enhanced with a strong parental guide. He added that he needed to worker harder than before because most students were looking forward to such opportunity, but to no avail.
“I learnt that he wants to become a medical doctor. That’s a very good profession especially at a time when our country needs more doctors to stop some preventable diseases that are killing our people,” he said.
Mohamed Daramy, Ernest Ibrahim Daramy’s father, said it was a surprise for him to hear the pronouncement from Henry Shyllon that he would support his child throughout his secondary school education.
“I am closed to him but he has never mentioned his intention to me. This is a very big support that I am very happy to get. I will only now need to concentrate on the other children,” he said.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation to Henry Shyllon and his family for such support.