The Annie Walsh Old Girls Association (AWOGA) will be celebrating their 160 years Anniversary next year, as the School was founded in 1849.
The celebrations would start this Saturday 8th November, with a sponsored walk from Victoria Park to Vine Memorial Secondary School at Congo Cross in Freetown.
The Chairperson of the Association, Marion Morgan said that Past Pupils have decided to come together to carry out development activities on behalf of the School.
The Association, she said is in other countries like Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana and a host of others were Old Pupils of Annie Walsh could be found.
She disclosed that they have identified series of programs to commemorate the Anniversary. Amongst these are; a Thanksgiving Service which would be held in March next year; carnival and reunion night to be held in December next year, were old girls from other parts of the world would have the opportunity to meet and celebrate.
The Chairperson noted that during the sponsored walk past and present pupils would be in attendance, together with the school brass band; and at the Vine Memorial School they would have a picnic. She disclosed that the program is sponsored by Old Girls and that monies collected from the sponsored walk cards would be used for that event. “We would be wearing the AWOGA T-shirt during the walk,” she said.
She intimated that part of the funds raised during the celebrations would be used to upgrade the drive leading to the school which is in a bad state.
She said that this would be the first project; to be followed by the provision of water to the School, as they are facing water shortage.
“We would also do some painting and refurbishment at the School”, she stressed.
She pointed out that the educational system in the Country is deteriorating, hence the Association has decided to monitor progress at the School; and that they are looking at the possibility of giving incentives to teachers and other staff members and also limit the number of pupils admitted to the School.
Jane Godwin, a member of AWOGA, disclosed that the Association used to have branches all over the Country, but due to the war these branches were destroyed. Plans are underway to kick start operations in these branches, she said.
By Abibatu Kamara