CHRISTIAN OUTREACH JUSTICE MISSION SIERRA LEONE JOINT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEAR FOUNDATION FINAL REPORT ON HANDING OVER OF COMPLETED FURNITURE TO THE UMC PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MANO IN RESPECT OF THE SIX MONTHS PILOT PROJECT ON 21ST SEPTEMBER 2016
In order to provide for the promotion of quality education and create conducive learning environment for the pupils at the United Methodist Church (UMC) primary school in Mano Dasse Chiefdom, Mano town, Comin-SL deemed it fit to engage in upgrading the community schools with teaching and learning materials, furniture going alongside a campaign for the promotion of girl child education. To achieve this goal, the organization has taken community participatory approach involving stakeholders and works with key players and committees within the community that are relevant to education for various roles including monitoring and validation of work done for quality and durability.
Some community stakeholders like the authorities, teachers, the clergy, parents and a reasonable number of direct beneficiaries (pupils of the UMC primary school were in attendance.
KEY NOTE STATEMNTS
Mr. David Kajue:
School management committee (SMC Chairman) who also doubled as representative of the Paramount chief, made his statement in fairness and frankness as required of him in that regard.
The Head teacher:
Mr. Amara Osman Sesay was full of appreciation and hence emotional with every word he uttered, summarizing with an appeal to the Dear Foundation for rehabilitation of the UMC primary school.
Reverend Paul Jusu:
As manager of UMC primary school, his statement was very brief, thanking the donor and implementing partner of the project. He called on all parents to take the lead in monitoring the furniture and to as well encourage their children to be steadfast with their academic work.
Acting head teacher Sierra Leone Church primary school
Madam Saffie Kajue:
Parent representative who speak on behalf of the parents
Both Jangati and Madam Saffie spoke in like manner concerning a job they consider as well done, owning to the passion and commitment of the leader and team members of Christian Outreach Justice Mission Sierra Leone to the people.
Mr. Amidu Ibrahim: who is town chief of Mano Dasse and doubles as contractor for producing the schools furniture, he was in relaxed mood when making his statement especially for the fact that he has received from all speakers great accolade for the good job done. He remained satisfied and grateful for the confidence and opportunity given him to prove his mettle for the good of the pupils. He commended members of the organization for their cooperation and support to helping him succeed with his job.
Vote of thanks: Florence A J Margay who is a teacher in the UMC primary school delivered the vote of thanks toward the close of the occasion.
In another engagement, we continued with the documentary or filming of the rest of the four primary schools and the Mano Dasse Community Health Centre, all in Mano town. Ngorgbendeh village which is about four miles from Mano was covered in the documentary involving a community school and church. The documentary ended with an extensive interview on the facility level, constraints and challenges faced by the health centre.
The documentary will show full detail of the handing over and filming events which covers the road network, UMC school furniture handing over ceremony, the primary schools and their facilities, Mano Dasse health facility etc. This documentary will be sent particularly to The Dear Foundation for their consideration for continued schools education project and other areas for possible intervention.
Generally, Mano Dasse Chiefdom like the neighboring and far Chiefdoms across the country share similar problems and lack the means to reinstate those lacking facilities in the social sector whether it is education, health and many more. However, the condition of educational, health and other facilities in the Dasse Chiefdom are either in very deplorable state or nonexistent. Major felt needs currently include education for the community children, health and economic empowerment for all. Mano and or the Chiefdom does not receive much attention for assistance from charitable organizations and other development partners and hence the reason for the presence of Christian Outreach Justice Mission Sierra Leone on the ground with the view to forge strategic partnerships for resource mobilization to help the people.
We are doing our best together with the too few partners and therefore cannot cope with the increasing steady demand on us. As such lack the needed resources to salvage the situation affecting the people which militate against their well-being and dignity as human beings. Also, the bad road network poses a very big challenge for inhabitants in the chiefdom. Members of Christian Outreach Justice Mission team share in this fate in their quest to serve the people.
Pastor Peter K B Alfred
Christian Outreach Justice Mission Sierra Leone
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