Three schools in the Bombali District: Sanda Agriculture, Wuror Memorial and Kychom Secondary Shool yesterday benefited from books worth Le 30,000,000 (thirty million Leones).
At the programme which took place in Makeni Ramatu Kanu, the deputy director of Education said, “Celtel is augmenting the government’s desire to provide basic education”.
She stated that the Education Act provided that every citizen had the right to education and that there was fines and imprisonment for parents who refused to send their children to school.
Mrs Ramatu Kanu explained that, “now the government is crying for quality education which Celtel is helping to do by donating books to various schools”.
She added that apart from environment and the availability of buildings, the availability of books was a major problem.
“The north is rated as the poorest and parents find it very hard to buy books for their children and there is no library. I am hoping that other schools in this part of the country will benefit from this kind gesture from Celtel.”
The representative of the Provincial Secretary, Mustapha Ansumana in his statement, said the idea of Celtel investing in education was not a mistake as the network was poised for a higher height.
“Knowledge is power therefore the children should use the books for the right purpose as with time we believe Celtel will build libraries for the schools,” he maintained and urged that the books not should be used by the pupils.
In commending the network Mr Ansumana said, “Celtel is the best and most reliable network all over the country,” and further urged all “to keep on topping up their phones as Celtel is also helping in the development of the country and the decision they are taking is the right one.”
Presenting the books the procurement manager, Kelvin Kellie, said “Celtel is in the forefront of its social responsibility which is the ‘build our nation, which is part of making life better”.
He explained that before the end of this year, the network would have donated Le415 Million Leone (four hundred and fifteen million Leones) in the ‘Build a House’ donation.
The procurement manager said as part of their social responsibility, they operated in the society, benefited from the society and had to have impacts on the society.
He said as they wanted to make life better they had been building schools as this venture was building for the future.
“We are therefore preparing today’s children for the future that is why we are focusing on education as a key project,” he stated.
The donation of the books to three schools is part of Cartel’s “build our nation” programme, and these three schools were fortunate to have won the raffle for the donation in the north.
Each school received sets of books valued at Le 10 million (ten million Leones each).