As school was expected toreopened today about 30 children have received packages including cash and other items from the Sierra Leone Education Development as they continue with their scholarship award to pupils in primary and secondary schools in Freetown which started in 2003.
The founder of the group Alphonso Williams who is based in England said that those who have the scholarship are underprivileged which those whose parents cannot afford to pay their school fees.
He said that since the scholarship started there were about 30 pupils who are benefiting from this scholarship with 25 of them in secondary school and they are receiving 250 thousand Leones every school year with pens books and other schooling materials while the 5 who are in primary school are receiving 160 thousand Leones each. This he said has been going on for the past years. He disclosed that he has been raising the funds for the scholarship from people who are attending the same church and from other people who are working in the same office. He said when he thinks about where education has taken him that is why he decided to come on board and donate scholarship to these children as they are the future leaders.Williams said that he has planned to take the scholarship countrywide since every year the number of scholarships increase and the more the scholarship the more he aims to expand. For this year he said 5 children will be added to the list to make 35 children that will be benefiting from this scholarship.
He said most of the children who are benefiting from this scholarship were taken from the street and after interviewing them, he visits their home to see where they live and talk to their parent if any. Williams mentioned that the scholarship from primary to secondary does not end there, and that he will be responsible for their college fees until they finish.