Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Frederic Lotti, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Marampa Mines Limited (MML), announced the company’s dedication to educational initiatives during an event on December 9, 2023. The ceremony, held in Lunsar, marked the distribution of school learning materials and furniture to 21 primary schools in Maforki and Marampa Chiefdoms.
Recognizing the fundamental role of education in sustainable development, the COO stressed its enduring impact on the local economy. He stated, “Children are the future of our nation. By prioritizing educational initiatives, MML aims to create a lasting positive effect, nurturing a knowledgeable and sustainable community capable of fostering long-term growth.”
Anthony Mansaray, Manager of Environmental, Social, and Government projects, elaborated on Marampa Mines Limited’s Community Development Action Plan (CDAP), aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 4. “The CDAP, derived from the 2021 Environmental, Social, and Health Impact Assessment, allocates $60,000 annually to key components, including education,” Mansaray revealed.
Within the CDAP, a specific initiative directed $54,000 toward 21 primary schools, providing essential learning materials to 1,050 pupils and additional support benefiting 6,587 pupils with furniture and resources. “This project prioritizes students facing diverse challenges, ensuring inclusivity and equitable access to quality education,” he highlighted.
Madam Rashida Dumbuya, Sustainability Manager of MML, emphasized the company’s strategy of collaborating with local educational institutions. She stressed responsible resource utilization to maximize positive effects on education, revealing plans for holistic educational development beyond financial support. These include mentorship programs, internships, and vocational training aligned with industry needs.
Paramount Chief of Maforki, PC Baiforki Fainka II, commended corporate institutions for supporting vulnerable members of society. He praised Marampa Mines’ CDAP as a significant stride toward bridging educational gaps, fostering a brighter future for the younger generation. “The donated school materials and furniture will significantly encourage continuous education and overcome barriers hindering school attendance in our chiefdoms,” he affirmed.
Testimonials from beneficiaries like Mariama Koroma, a mother of pupils, and teacher Mohamed Mansaray, highlighted the tangible impact of Marampa Mines’ initiatives. These donations not only improve school attendance conditions but also alleviate financial burdens for families, enabling more children to access education.
Adam O. Sesay, a student at Ahmadiyya Primary School, underscored the importance of school materials, stating, “A child without a school bag is more likely to skip school due to shame.” PSN/11/12/2023