To compliment President Koroma’s dream for this country, Sierra Leone Central Union (SLCU) yesterday donated modern edition text books worth €60, 000 to higher learning institutions in the country.
The institutions included: College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Fourah Bay College (FBC), Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), Njala University, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), Makeni Teachers College and the Port Loko Teachers college.
SLCU is an umbrella organization of 14 registered Sierra Leonean organizations in Netherlands. Their vision is to unite and promote peace, unity and cooperation among all registered Sierra Leonean organizations in the Netherlands.
Presenting 50 cartoons of the books to COMAHS, Abdul Kamara Assistant Chairman of United Sierra Leone Alliance (USLA) based in Holland, said that the books were from different universities in Holland, namely, Erasmus University, Rotterdam Business School, Virje (free) university, Leidem University and Tilburg University.
He added that some lecturers in Holland, Professor Wouter G Werner of Free University, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Rights and Mrs. Adelina Peterson of Rotterdam Business School also gave them some of the books.
Mr Kamara explained that his organization is part of SLCU that develop the text book projects for Sierra Leone, adding that, they have been working on different projects in Sierra Leone including the distribution of 100 bags of rice for the amputees in Grafton and a container loaded with 450 guitars was shipped to support the music industry in the country.
He reiterated that they are also constructing a Vocational School this year in Port Loko District.
The Acting Director of Europe Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Ansumana admonished the beneficiary institutions to use the books for its intended purposes, for the promotion of quality education in the country.
Receiving the books, COMAHS, Acting Deputy Registrar Sylvanus Parker thanked the organization for the gesture. He added that, the college population is increasing and this new edition books will be very useful to them.
A lecturer from FBC said that the book will help them give quality notes to their students.
A student at COMAHS, Fatmata Dumbuya, said that the donation of the books were timely as they were tired about reading old books in their library.
She called on other Sierra Leonean organizations in the Diaspora to emulate the steps of SLCU, as education is the only tool to develop our country.
By Abibatu Kamara