Yea Musu Dauda Foundation Complement President Bio’s Quality Education.
Yea Musu Dauda Foundation with support from her son Francis Momoh Dauda based in the United States of America and other family members has distributed uniform, teaching and learning materials to over 600 pupils in three (3) primary schools, and sponsored inter-primary school debate between seven (7) schools, and organized mini soccer competition in Peje Gbongre chiefdom Kailahun District.
Addressing beneficiaries and their parents and guardians at the Mamboma court barry, the founder and owner of the foundation Yea Musu Dauda said her move is to join President Julius Maada Bio’s flagship program with the aim of complementing government’s effort in achieving free and quality education across the nation. In achieving this, the foundation wants to ensure that all corners of the chiefdom get access to free and quality education there by increasing the level of education in the chiefdom and improving the livelihood of residents for better living standards. With quality education our children will be in a better position tomorrow to defend our national interest, coordinate development programs, and help shape the image of our chiefdom, said Yea Musu.
She appealed to the parents to continue giving the required support to their children in getting the education adding education is a survival tool and is key to the world. She encouraged the pupils to respect their parents/guardians, listen to their teachers, ask questions, and do everything possible in getting the education, by always making their books their best friends.
“My son Francis Momoh Dauda who is now a permanent resident in United States of America answered my call upon request to support this family foundation. He is also an orphan as many of you today, as he lost his father years back. He was a pupil of this Methodist, SLMB, and later moved on to Wesley and Holy Ghost Secondary schools in Segbwema Town during the civil war. In Segbwema Town, my son received support for his secondary education from the Roman Catholic mission as a mission boy. Late Teacher Ngombu family, late John ACT Allieu family, late Alhaji Sheriff family, friends, and relatives. He received his Bachelor degree in Sociology, Njala University Bo campus and Master of social work degree – Howard University USA.
“A long story for the young man and he never gave up in his education struggle. Keep moving, keep pushing boys and girls, make use of the opportunity now and never give up. I refused to own a vehicle from my son but choose to open and support this foundation because I know what it means to be a widow or an orphan.”
Giving brief background of the Foundation, Mohamed Sannoh (Head of volunteers) said the foundation is a charity foundation and its intervention areas are to support widows, orphans, quality education programs in deprived communities, religious and moral education for residents across the chiefdom as a means of bringing the community to development stage, thereby seeing the chiefdom grow in terms of education, health, agriculture, and infrastructural development.
As Citizen of Sierra Leone, it is incumbent on us all to always join our leaders and other development partners for national development. YMDF support the president in that goal and call on all Sierra Leoneans to get involved as individuals or as a group.
Yatta Baion a parent who also doubles as Mammy Queen of the chiefdom said, Yea Musu Dauda Foundation’s support for the chiefdom could be described as a move in the right direction, adding the support is an indelible ink and a history for our chiefdom. She assured the audience and school pupils that the foundation, parents, and stakeholders will coordinate as a team to continue guiding their children to make use of the opportunity given to them.
Kailahun district Inspector of schools, Mathew Demby, thanked Nyea Musa Dauda Foundation for being in line with government agenda for education and promised to always work with the foundation in achieving education for all.
The Paramount Chief Henry Hunkpor Jaaka Baion III of Peje Bongre chiefdom Kailahun district appealed to his people to continue embracing educational strides in his chiefdom as education is the only hope that will never deceive someone in life.
He added that he will never be in support of any one who wants to sabotage the educational system in the chiefdom.
Fatmata Abdul Kargbo a beneficiary and a class 6 pupil of Methodist primary school Mamboma, thanked YMDF volunteers, family members, and Yea Musu for taking this bold step and the kind of support for them as children in the chiefdom. The foundation is trying to help build up the system for us as future leaders of the chiefdom and the country mama salon. She promised to live up to the expectation of the community. She personally appealed to government and other donor partners for more support for the foundation so that more children across the chiefdom will always stand to benefit in terms of development. Cultural performances climaxed the ceremony.