Continuing its bid of nation building, Celtel has donated school reading and learning materials to the Songu Bureh Junior Secondary School in Jagbwema Fiama Chiefdom in the Kono district.
Handing over the books worth Le10 million, Celtel’s managing director Ted Sauti Phiri said the initiative of donating school materials started last year.
“The reason for this gesture is to give to the underprivileged and it is part of our core value. It is easier to donate to schools in Freetown or those in township,” he noted.
The MD further stated that they believed that if they wanted to invest in the future, they had to invest in children‘s education “because knowledge is going to separate Sierra Leone from other countries and this chiefdom from other chiefdoms. The greatness will not come from the diamonds but from the knowledge of the people of Sierra Leone.”
Ted Sauti- Phiri revealed that this was the 16th Junior Secondary Schools they had made such donations to.
He added that they were not experts but worked with the Education ministry to select the most underprivileged schools in the country “since we cannot afford to support all of these schools we have to conduct a raffle and as a result the Songoru Bureh is among the successful schools for this year.”
Receiving the books, the school’s principal Sahr Mendekia stated that Celtel was the pioneer in the field of communication in the country. This company, he went on, had not only brought Sierra Leone to world global village level “but has made giant strides in the country especially in the business world. And they have also identified key areas of development which is education.” The principal maintained that the donation made by Celtel, which was part of their profit, “is going to touch the lives of the people in the rural areas in a positive way.” Appealing to the network for a wider coverage, the principal said an expanded coverage would serve not only the chiefdoms of Jagbwema Fiama but would open up all other districts including Guinea.