A number of potential would-be leaders have since been denied the opportunity of realizing their dreams because of lack of seating accommodations in many primary schools in this part of the country,” a senior citizen of Kamakwei commented recently.
And this was corroborated by a Class Three pupil of the Bombali District Education Committee Primary School (BDEC), Ibrahim Koroma when he commented, “Our uniforms will now last long with the new benches. Before now, we used to plead with few of our friends that came with seats to give us space next to them. Most of us will sit on the floor to gain education. This will change with the new benches and desks provided by AMR Gold.”
Jubilant school pupils after the donation
The BDEC Primary School received benches and desks from the AMR Gold as part of eight other schools in Sanda Loko and Sanda Limba chiefdoms all in the Bombali district.
Before the handing over of the furniture some parents alleged to have been laundering their children’s uniforms on a daily basis because of the dust they sit on in class. Only those parents who could afford provided benches and desks for their children to sit and write on.
The Section Chief of Kamakwei, Alhaji Alimamy Soko Turay expressed gratitude on behalf of the Paramount Chief and chiefdom people for AMR Gold’s support in the education of their children. He also thanked the company for its support to the youth, road works and the functioning of the rule of law in the chiefdom, when he mentioned that it was AMR Gold who refurbished the Chiefdom Court Barry and the Kamayasie Bridge at Masorie.
Councillor Amara Yassaneh of Constituency 111 pleaded with his Chiefdom authorities to embrace development rather than violence pointing out that if they are united more development will reach their chiefdom through AMR Gold. He urged the beneficiary schools to make good use of the facilities.
The Head Teacher of BDEC school, Mamayo Bangura said if a pupil has no seat in class there is no way he or she can concentrate in school noting that supporting education does not end with teaching and learning materials but that the pupils should also be comfortable. She thanked the company for considering education in their supporting plans.
The Admin and Finance Officer of AMR Gold, Mohamed Sultan Daffae said they decided to boost primary education in the two chiefdoms because learning starts from primary schools. He maintained that if children are provided with the enabling atmosphere to learn, their educational foundation will be strong. He said their company will do all it can to support the Government’s education agenda in their operational areas.
He pledged their continuous support to education, youth activities, road works, women empowerment and community mobilization and other recreational issues at all times.
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