The Resident Minister North Alie Kamara over the weekend opened the Humanity First Technical and Vocational Training Institute in Makeni. The institute was funded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.
Making his statement, the Amir and missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Sierra Leone Saeed Rahman articulated their thanks and appreciation for the establishment of the training institute.
He recalled that, in 1937 the first missionary Nazier Ahmad Ali arrived in Sierra Leone and in 1938 he opened an Islamic Primary school in Rokupr.
In his address, the Resident Minister said that, the opening of the institute came at a right time and that the scheme is in line with President Koroma’s vision of providing quality education for Sierra Leoneans especially for the girl child.
Mr. Kamara expressed President Koroma’s thanks and appreciation to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for what they have done in the country.
The Resident Minister said that, the Jamaat has done well in Sierra Leone in provisions of health, community development and education.
He pointed out that the Jamaat center on what the country needs, assuring them of government support in any of their developmental programmes.
The Minister called upon the people to take heed of what has been provided for them and make sure that they use it in the right direction which will be of good benefit for them and their upcoming children.
He further thanked the Jamaat for the institution built in his district and called on the director of humanity first in the United Kingdom (UK) to always consider his region and the country as a whole. The chairman of Humanity First Sanusie Deen said that Humanity first is intended to serve humanity, adding that they also provided training for disabled and vulnerable people.
The institute, the chairman said has well trained and qualified tutors and that people pay little amount for the service delivered to them.
The UK Director of Humanity First Mr. Faez Ahmed gave a brief history of Humanity First which started some 13 years ago and currently is in 29 countries.
Mr. Ahmed revealed that at the end of the saving skill, amputees will be provided with equipment and resources to start their own business.
Kadiatu Sesay who witnessed the ceremony said that she was very happy for the institute.
Over the past years, she stated pupils who drop out of school as a result of early pregnancy could not further their education. With this, Miss Sesay maintained that it will help them to build their capacity again and make them more valuable in society. She called on women to take advantage of the institute and encourage parents and wards to send their girl child to school.
By Abibatu Kamara