By Foday Moriba Conteh
As part of their Support in complementing the Government’s Free Quality Education in the country, We Yone Child Foundation (WYCF) with support from Wegdan Foundation in the Netherlands has on Monday 30th March, 2020 finally fulfilled the dream of the people of Makeni Ferry, Koya Chiefdom in the Port Loko District with the commissioning of a newly 6 classroom renovated Evangelical Primary School.
The event was graced by relevant stakeholders including community youths, teachers, elders, chiefs, past and now pupils, religious leaders and a host of residents of Makeni Ferry and its environs. They expressed delight and praised the two Foundations for what they termed as its timely intervention that will come in handy with numerous benefits.
Founder/Executive Director, We Yone Child Foundation, Santigie Bayo Dumbuya in his handing over statement extended appreciation to Brian Wagdam, Founder of Wagdam Foundation in the Netherlands for his support towards the accomplishment of this project.
He said that before undertaking the project his organization did an assessment within the Port Loko District and after a massive assessment they decided to choose the Evangelical Primary School because of the condition of the school, adding that on their visit they noticed that the school was in a dilapidated state with no furniture and that the pupils were sitting on the floor.
He further disclosed that the organization, through the support from the Wagdam Foundation, has renovated the Evangelical Primary School with finished furniture in all the classrooms.
He said that Agriculture is the livelihood of teachers and parents within the Makeni Ferry community and for that reason they will implement an Agricultural project through the support of Wagdam Foundation.
Supervisor of Schools, Ministry of Basic Education, Koya Chiefdom, Foday Suma, who represented the Ministry applauded We Yone Child Foundation and Wagdam Foundation for the renovation of the school which he said is in line with the Government’s Free Quality Education agenda, adding that the renovation has given a face lift to the community.
He urged the school authorities to make good use of this gesture which he said will not only benefit them but generations to come.
Head Teacher, Evangelical Primary School, Abass Sesay also extended appreciation to We Yone Child Foundation for what he described as a timely intervention adding that as a school they were really challenged as the condition of the school structure was not good.
He assured the organizations that they will take proper care of the facility further pleading to the organizations to help them in order to complete the three class room building which the community is currently constructing in order to host the junior secondary school.
In charge of Nana product in Sierra Leone Ali Abiss said that he is very impressed with the Founder/Executive Director, We Yone Child Foundation, Santigie Bayo Dumbuya for a job well done. He also urged parents to send their children to school saying education is the key to success and that with this conducive learning atmosphere it will enhance the development of children.
Education Secretary of the Evangelical Mission, Richard D.K Sesay, also applauded We Yone Child and Wagdam Foundations for renovating the school.
He said as a mission they are very committed to enhance the conditions of all their schools across the country underscoring that with this support they will enhance the development of the pupils. He admonished teachers and pupils to ensure that they use the facility wisely and take responsibility for its sustainability.