By Hassan G. Koroma
United Bank for Africa (UBA), through the UBA Foundation, has donated literature book ‘Weep Not Child’ worth millions of Leones to five schools in Freetown, including the St. Edward Secondary School, Providence International Secondary School, Constance Cummings- John Junior Secondary School, Methodist Girls High School and Dele-Peddle International High School.
The management of the Bank urged the pupils to take reading as their hobby and increase their level of knowledge instead spending all their time on social media.
Making statement during the donation ceremony at the St Edwards Secondary School, Executive Director for Wholesale Banking, Chinedu Obeta said UBA has a passion to give back to their operations area and that the UBA Foundation was established to cater for youths and students in all the countries they operate.
He said the Bank has over the years realised that school children do not like reading, but prefer spending hours on social media, including Facebook, WhatsApp, etc, and that the donation was done to encourage the recipients to inculcate good reading habit.
“We all know that we cannot pass our exams when we don’t read,” he said, adding “Let me at this point in time encourage you all to make reading your hobby because the more you read the more chances you have to pass your exams.”
According to the Cline Town Branch Manager, Francess Kamara, the UBA Foundation was established in 2012 and it has since donated various items to pupils in the nineteen countries they operate across Africa.
In his response, Principal of St. Edwards Junior Secondary School, Johnson Cole expressed his gratitude and promised the pupils would make good use of the books donated to them.
Principal of Dele-Peddle International High School, Mrs. Francess Brown said it was good that the Bank had highlighted some of the problems affecting education in the country – poor reading habit among school pupils and college students.