To further enhance education in the Country, St Augustine Catholic primary school in Frimley, London has provided both financial and material support to the Solomon Berewa primary school, at Charlotte in the Mountain Rural District.
In an interview with Awoko, the Chairperson for the Charlotte Development Organization, Madam Modu Conteh who is also founder of the primary school explained that for decades Charlotte Community had no school, and children in the community have to walk for miles to attend school at Regent, which she was no exception.
As a result, Madam Conteh said in 2006 with funds from the International Development Bank, Government was able to establish the Solomon Berewa Primary School, which to date is the only primary education facility in the Community.
Though the school was established with only classes 1- 3, Madam Conteh, noted that the school administration faced many challenges, until in 2011 when a visitor by the name of Emily Allen, who is a teacher at the St. Augustine Catholic Primary at Frimley, in London, visited Charlotte whilst on vacation, which is known for its natural waterfall.
During Emily’s visit she developed interest in the school and with the school’s approval she established a link between the two schools. With the support from St. Augustine Primary, Solomon Berewa Primary School’s population have grown to class 5.
Speaking to Awoko, Emily Allen said she was impressed with the school’s improvement and that her school will continue to lend a hand as long as the support given is utilized in the children’s interest. She noted that most of the children have huge potential if given the opportunity. She maintained that the support for the school is realized through fund raising activities that her school organizes twice a year.
Talking about the future, Emily assured that she will further strengthen the link between her school and the Solomon Berewa Primary at Charlotte, stressing that education is key for sustainable development.
Momodu Koroma, who is the Head teacher of the school, disclosed that the school for now is not receiving any assistance from Government, but from several appeals the process is now ongoing for teacher salaries to be paid by Government. He appealed for more teaching and learning materials, noting that the support from St. Augustine in London is not enough to run the school with ease.
At present the Head teacher, said the school has 74 pupils, 37boys and 37girls.
By Ade Campbell
Monday April 14, 2014