A total of Le 8 million has been given as scholarships to eight students of various schools in the country by a non partisan organization, the Tegloma International Inc, which is based in the United States.
According to its past president and founder who is the deputy minister of Education, Lansana Nyallay, the organization was founded in 1975 with the aim of unifying Sierra Leoneans in the United States.
He added that before Tegloma was established there were different organizations that catered for the Temnes, Fullahs, Krios, and Mandingos so they thought it fit to form one for the Mendes. But later they decided not to limit it only to Mendes.
“Currently the organization has 7% Temnes, 5% Krios, 5% Mandingos and 81% Mendes because we started it. We have been preaching unification and we have achieved that,” he disclosed.
He continued, “we are non political, non governmental and non tribal organization all we want is to promote and develop our country.”
The secretary general of Tegloma International, Victor Massaquoi, disclosed that they were on the verge of registering as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) as they also had plans to dug water wells in the south and north, and that there were certain developmental projects they were also planning to undertake as these would create job opportunities for the people.
The eight students, four who have sat to their WASSCE and are about to enter college, received one million Leones each and for the BECE students each will also receive the same amount but will be divided for the three years they will be in their senior secondary school.
The eight students are Sandar Jusu of the Ann Walsh Memorial Secondary School and currently at the Limont College, the best student for BECE, Tenema Mbayo of the SOS Herman Gmainer School in Freetown who scored the highest grade in the last WASSCE.
Other include Benedict Kamara of the SOS Bo, Lansana Kondeh of the Islamic Secondary School in Kenema, and Unisa Bah of the Muraldho Secondary in Lunsar were awarded the scholarship for their outstanding work in their BECE exams.
Monson Fred Konneh Songa from the Bo School and Bobson Sesay of the St Augustine’s Secondary School in Lungi were also recipients of the scholarship for the WASSCE student.
By Betty Milton