By John Sheka Popay Tarawalie
The Sierra Leone Fellowship of Evangelical Students (SLEFES) in Partnership with Liberty Church Foundation in Japan has provided support to ten (10) school-going pupils of five Secondary Schools in the Samu Chiefdom, Kambia District who are presently taking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The donation took place at the Samu Baptist Secondary School in Kasseri, Samu Chiefdom, Kambia District on Tuesday 25th August 2020.
Giving out the donations, each pupil received a bag of rice and two hundred thousand Leones (Le 200,000) of direct cash transfer.
Speaking to this medium, the General Secretary of SLEFES Sierra Leone William Yandi Conteh expressed that the project is to bring sustainable development in education to the people of Samu Chiefdom. He said the donation is just a pilot phase, noting that in the future of the project they will want each student to have an iPad, solar light to enable them to study at night, paying of school fees and a library.
Mr Conteh continues that the project objective is to provide support on things that will enable students acquired quality education in this part of the country, by providing not only learning materials but to provide things like lights, food items, fixing roads leading to the schools.
He furthered that the donation at Kasseri community, Samu Chiefdom in the Kambia District is a trial version of their project, noting that Samu Chiefdom is the specimen and that the project is designed to help many communities in Sierra Leone in terms of providing quality education.
Addressing the beneficiaries at the school compound, General Secretary William Yandi Conteh said the donation is purely on a humanitarian grounds and stated that he is an indigene of the town and also an old boy of the Samu Baptist Secondary School. He encouraged the pupils to make good use of the facilities given to them, noting in their days, they never had such opportunities and that they had to go to Kambia to take WASSCE examinations. He further encouraged them to study hard and reduce extracurricular activities. He assured the pupils that if they make it through the WASSCE examinations with flying colors, they will continue to support them in pursuing their educations. Mr Conteh concluded by wishing the pupils all the best in their examination.
Speaking on the side of the school, the principal of the Samu Baptist Secondary School Mr. Foday Kamara said it is not the first time Mr Conteh is taking development to the school, noting that Mr Conteh has been providing all kinds of support to the school. He furthered that the donations are first of its kind in the since they started hosting WASSCE examination. He revealed they selected five boys and five girls from the five different schools to benefit from the donation. The principal called on other old students to emulate a good example of Mr William Yandi Conteh.
One of the beneficiaries, Mohamed M Sillah thanked SLEFES and Liberty Church for bringing such help to them, he noted that the donation came at the right time when they were suffering for food in their study camps and said in the coming days they will have enough to eat which will enable them to study well.
Marion Mattia who is also a beneficiary said she is surprised to see such help being offered to her, noting that she has not seen such help being done in the past. Miss Mattia furthered that the donation is key and helpful to them considering the fact that things are not easy in the country at the moment. She called on other organizations and individuals to join Mr. Conteh’s SLEFES in promoting education in that part of the country.