In a bid to participate in the process of making education a priority in Sierra Leone, the mobile phone company, Africell, has sponsored the construction of a school in Tokeh, along the Freetown peninsula.
The initiative of the school construction project, in one of the most deprived communities in the Western Rural District of Freetown, was originated by Friends of Sierra Leone, a group of individuals wishing to contribute to the educational development of the country.
At a ceremony at the school compound marking the turning of the sod, the Head of Corporate and Public Affairs of Africell GSM, Joe Abass said the company’s contribution towards the construction of the school was part of its corporate social responsibilities. He said the Tokeh Community was among the most deprived communities in the country and lacked basic social amenities. He said emphasis should be placed on education which he said was the key to success for children, to improve the standard of education and ensure a holistic approach in promoting literacy and social standard of the citizenry. Mr. Bangura said it was only through education that development of the community could be achieved. He said Africell had taken tremendous strides to enhance nation-building including the beautification of the Freetown Cotton Tree, the ongoing construction of an ultra-modern and multi-purpose Clock Tower in Makeni City and “the constant promotion of the company’s faithful subscribers”. He entreated the gathering to consider Africell as partners in moving Sierra Leone forward.
The main sponsor of the Friend of Sierra Leone Project, Mrs. Randa Swaid expressed gratitude to the Tokeh community for building the present make-shift school to educate their children. She said it was out of this initial desire that they were pledging to build a modern school environment for the community. She averred that with education the community and its people stood to derive a lot of benefits, ranging from infrastructure and human resource.
As part of the project’s mandate, she assured that the completion work on the school would provide conducive atmosphere for teachers and pupils, standard school furniture and exercise books. She said the project was geared towards restoring hope in the future of the people of Tokeh and called on community members to complement with their own efforts to attract more development projects in other sectors. The Tokeh Community is situated a few kilometers from Kent in the Western Rural District of Freetown and lies off the Peninsula Road running very close to the Atlantic Ocean. The panoramic view of the territory is as a result of the wide sandy beach, archipelagoes and the range of mountain overlooking the small village. Inhabitants of the community are predominantly fishermen, coal miners, granite breakers and general farming activities. However, with all its natural endowments, the community is yet to be improved for the purpose of tourism.
By Poindexter Sama