Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In his statement during an event held in recent past, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Marampa Mines Limited (MML), Frederic Lotti, unveiled the company’s commitment to educational initiatives. The occasion, held in Lunsar, marked the distribution of school learning materials and furniture to 21 primary schools in Maforki and Marampa Chiefdoms.
Highlighting the pivotal role of education in sustainable development, the COO emphasized the long-term impact of education on the local economy. He stated “Children represent the future of the country. By prioritizing educational initiatives, MML aims to create a ripple effect, nurturing a sustainable and educated community capable of driving long-term growth.”
Anthony Mansaray, the Manager of Environmental, Social, and Government project, detailed MML’s Community Development Action Plan (CDAP), aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 4. “The CDAP, stemming from the 2021 Environmental, Social, and Health Impact Assessment, allocates $60,000 annually to key components, including education,” Mansaray disclosed.
According to him, within the company’s CDAP, a specific initiative targets 21 primary schools with a $54,000 investment, providing essential learning materials to 1,050 pupils and broader support to 6,587 pupils through furniture and additional resources. ‘This project prioritizes students facing various challenges, ensuring inclusivity and equitable access to quality education,” he said.
Noting that collaboration with local educational institutions stands as a cornerstone of Marampa Mines’ strategy, the Sustainability Manager of MML, Madam Rashida Dumbuya, emphasized responsible resource utilization to maximize positive effects on education in the supported schools.
She revealed that the company aims to foster a holistic approach to educational development, extending beyond financial support to include mentorship programs, internships, and vocational training initiatives aligned with industry needs.
The Paramount Chief of Maforki, PC Baiforki Fainka II, underlining the purpose of the meeting, urged corporate institutions to support the vulnerable in society. He lauded the mines’ CDAP as a significant step towards bridging educational gaps and fostering a brighter future for the younger generation. “These school materials and furniture will contribute significantly to encouraging continuous education and breaking barriers that hinder school attendance in our chiefdoms” he added.
Expressions of gratitude from beneficiaries, such as Mariama Koroma, a mother of two pupils and teacher Mohamed Mansaray, underscored the tangible impact of Marampa Mines’ initiatives. The donated school materials, according to them, does not only improve the conditions for attending school but also reduce the financial burden for families, enabling more children to access education.
Child recipient of Ahmadiyya Primary School, Adam O. Sesay emphasized the importance of school materials, stating, “When a child does not have a school bag, he is more inclined to skip school due to shame.” PSN/18/12/2023