Four other lucky schools on Friday joined the lists of those who will receive part of Celtel‘s Le450m package this year for disadvantaged Junior Secondary schools.
During the second draw of the Celtel Build Our Nation (BON) held at the Makeni Town Hall on Friday, Ahmadiyya Secondary School Rotifunk won the chance to get Le10m worth of textbooks and learning materials from Celtel for the Southern Region, as Songu Mbriwa Secondary, Njabwema, secured the ticket for the Eastern region.
The two other schools who also won the raffle are Morie-Khanu Memorial in Kychom for the North and Mountain Rural Secondary School Regent secured the Western Area ticket for the next three months presentation.. Speaking at the ceremony, the Resident Minister North Alex Kargbo stated that Celtel was the first corporate body of its kind to assist in nation building and called on people to assist Celtel in its effort to assist Government and the people of Sierra Leone by patronizing their business.
“That way we can be sure that they will do more to help the nation move forward,” he said. He said bravo to Celtel for spending Le450m on education which will develop the nation through the children who will handle the country in the future and expressed the hope that other companies will emulate the leading mobile company.
Earlier in welcoming the guests to the raffle draw, Celtel’s Managing Director Ted Sautti- Phiri stated that the event underscores Celtel’s commitment to supporting the Government’s efforts in the educational sector. He quoted that “the strength of great nations today is not the gold and diamonds they posses or the weapons of mass destruction that they have but the sum total of the education and the character of their people’ to drive home his point.
The Managing Director also noted that ‘education is the key focus for Celtel ‘s community initiatives and the donation of books for education is the most effective way of making a meaningful contribution to the development of our country and making life better for schoolchildren across Sierra Leone’. He also disclosed that during this first year of the BON programme Celtel will commit $150,000 (Le450m) to underprivileged schools selected from all regions throughout the country
He explained that the list of schools put into the computer was from the Ministry of Education. The Minister of Education was given special recognition for this as well as other officials of the ministry who helped to see the project through. The managing Director also said that Celtel had gone a step further by opening the Celtel Academy in which a partnership with the University has introduced a graduate training scholarship where 30 graduates who perform well in University will undergo postgraduate studies at IPAM in telecommunications paid for by Celtel.
Apart from this, Ted said that Celtel promises to deliver everyday benefits to communities that they operate in as a way of keeping their promise of making life better. He also disclosed that Le11b has been earmarked by Celtel for Capital projects, while Kamabia and other sites are coming on soon to cover more areas of the country. The Supt. for schools Northern Region Patrick Sesay praised Celtel for their effort in promoting education and said that the company is a unique Bomba.
He also spoke of Celtel’s contribution as helping vulnerable children who suffer daily in school as a result of the war, with facilities very poor or non-existent. The education officer of the north also said that the effort was timely as well as significant.
The Chairman of the the conference of principals Shekuba Sesay noted that Celtel has made communication very easy while contributing to education which is the development of human resources and a basis for development.