In her relentless strides to boost the education sector in the country, Professor Claudena Skran from the United States of America (USA) has recently presented scholarship to 41 pupils of the Conforti Primary School in Calaba Town, in the east of Freetown.
This is the sixth year Prof Skran has awarded scholarships to different schools in the country.
The School Head Teacher, Sonny Maison, in his remarks, lauded the efforts of Professor Skran for the bold steps taken to facelift the standard of the school.
He pointed out that for the past two years the school is doing extremely well in the National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) despite the fact that the school is a small one.
Momodu Maligi, a contributor to the scholarship, gave a brief background on how the project came about whilst he was in America.
He said that at first the school was made of make shift materials but now it is been built with cement.
This, he said, shows that there is commitment on the part of the teachers and sponsors in America.
He further noted that, the school is a priority to them, despite the fact that they are not receiving support from the government.
This notwithstanding, the school is topping most private and government schools in NPSE, he said.
Maligi disclosed that he got his first degree and masters in America with the help of Prof Skran and others, noting that he is also helping other children to get better education.
Last year, he said that seventeen (17) pupils benefited from the scholarship, but this year the number has increased to forty-one (41) pupils as the school is doing extremely well in the NPSE.
He said that selections were made after looking at the report cards of pupils and interviews conducted with parents.
He stated that it is important for parents to encourage their children to study at home and also pay attention to their school work.
Prof Skram, in her address, pointed out that the school is on top in terms of development in Sierra Leone.
She encouraged beneficiaries to do their best; and to parents, he admonished them to continue supporting their children. He also expressed gratitude to the teachers for their commitment.
Secretary to the school board, Francis Maison thanked Prof Skran on behalf of the school management for the wonderful assistance to the school. Halimatu Kamara a parent and also a teacher whose daughter is a beneficiary said that she was happy that her child benefited from the scholarship. She added that as a volunteer teacher in the school she was finding it difficult to settle her child’s school fees considering the financial constraints her family is undergoing.
Halimatu Kamara assured the gathering that her daughter would utilize the scholarship in the right way.
By Abibatu Kamara