As part of their contributions towards improving their community, the Murray Town Association based in the United Kingdom, have successfully completed the rehabilitation of a structure at the Murray Town Primary and Secondary School. This according to the School Principal, Gladys Branche, will address the issue of overcrowding which was affecting the smooth running of the single shift system introduced in the 2018/2019 Academic year. The Murray Town School was established within the 1960’s and it was known as the ‘Amalgamated school’ and was built with wooden rods that was later transformed during the interregnum period by the ECOMOG team to a concrete structure which served them for a very long time. Moving with the education agenda of improving their community, the Murray Town Secondary School was established in 2005 within the same compound. Also with the realization of the fact that most pupil enrolling in class one hardly write, they saw the need to introduce the Nursery department in 2016. According to Madam Branche, her visit to UK led her to interact with the Murray Town Association where she was asked what they can do towards developing the school almost all of them attended. “It’s a work well done,” she said, while looking at the newly rehabilitated building with few furniture inside, pledging that the School Authority will ensure that the structure is being used for its intended purpose and that the Teachers will continue to give their best in maintaining higher education standards.
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The Chairman of the school management Committee, Chief George Songo King, said it is a remarkable venture undertaken by members of the UK Murray Town Association, by constructing 3 toilets, upgrading water facilities, paying of light bill arrears, donate drugs for patients at the clinic, text books for the school library and now rehabilitation of the school structure. According to the President of UK Murray Town Association branch, Winston Ade Fraser, he finds it difficult to express in words how proud he is to give back to the place where he started life in the school. He maintained that the Association was able to celebrate its 10th anniversary recently with the support of Samuel Adesimie Walker who has been very helpful in bringing them together in UK, disclosing that the idea of the Association is ‘not forgetting about the place they came from’ as they are aware of the issues faced by the community. He disclosed that they were able to complete the rehabilitation project with funds they raised through luncheon sale, buffet dinners and donations to the tune of £ 15,000. He called on other Murrytonians to come onboard to support their community. He maintained that the rehabilitation project commenced after he paid a visit to the school in December 2018 and saw the urgent need to do it. Officially opening the rehabilitated structure, Councilor Abioseh Agnes Wilson, who represented the Mayor of Freetown, described the project as part of the beautification exercise the Freetown City Council is striving towards. She said the Murray Town School had produced so many prominent people who in one way or the other have left remarkable footprint in the development of this nation. She expressed appreciation to the Murray Town Association UK for their timely intervention in supporting education. Councilor Wilson called on other communities across the country to emulate the action of the Murray Town Association by giving back to their schools and communities, assuring that Council will continue to supervise Municipal Schools and make necessary interventions where needed. Zainab Koroma a pupil at the Murray Town School, expressed thanks and appreciation for the work at the time of need, and promised to utilize the structure properly for its intended purposes.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara
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