COTN ends annual activities in Moyamba
Children of the Nations International Sierra Leone, a local Non-Governmental Organization over the weekend commissioned the Mokpangumba primary and Ngolala senior secondary school Upper Banta Chiefdom Moyamba district.
Board of Directors of the Children of the Nations International Sierra Leone held their first Annual General Meeting (AGM) with their International President Reverend Chris Clark as the Guest of Honour.
Amongst delegates present were: Reverend Chris Clark and Wife Mrs. Debbie Clark, and entourage from the united states of America, Board of Directors, Children of the Nations Sierra Leone, representatives from the Moyamba District Council, Ministry of Education Science and Technology MEST, Serabu Catholic Community Hospital, Vimetco, Inspiron to name but a few.
Delivering his key note address, as the guest of honor at both AGM and the commissioning of the Schools built by Children of the Nations International Sierra Leone, the International President of the Children of the Nations based in the United States of America, Reverend Chris Clark who doubles as an Honorary Paramount Chief of Upper Banta Chiefdom, PC BAIMBA KELLEH (2ND), congratulated the board of Directors, School Management and Staff for a job well done.
Rev Clark recalled that twenty years ago his wife and himself came to Sierra Leone they saw that a lot of children were suffering and they compared them to those in United States America, he said there was a vast different in their ways of living, but later decided to transforming their lives through education. He said COTN started in Sierra Leone at Ngolala upper Banta chiefdom with the aim of assisting the children in educating them to become future leaders. He pointed at few students who started their schoolings. He said other partners will be on board in USA that is ready to partner with COTN/ SL.
Rev Chris Clark said they are currently working on modalities for a University to be established at the COTN Head quarter Ngolala, now that they have got a senior secondary school that has been commissioned at the Upper Banta Chiefdom to serve other communities as well. He also appreciated the effort of the management and staff of the organization for working in cohesion.
He lauded VIMETCO Company for their humanitarian and academic gesture towards their children, adding that he also recognized other reputable organizations who in diverse ways have contributed to face lifting their dreams to be actualized. He told the students that they are investing in them in order to gradually change Sierra Leone, west coast of Africa, and continent of Africa and to change the entire world.
Making a statement, Mrs. Debbie Clark said journey to Banta Mokeleh is not an easy task but she thanked God for the achievement of all. She re-echoed her Husband’s statement Rev Clark that the beautiful building most be of standard when the children learn to proving that the buildings are not ordinary structures. She admonished the children to take education as a premium.
In his statement, the Country Director of Children of the Nations Sierra Leone, Sahr M. Yambasu asked the Ministry of Education Science and Technology MEST and other authorities to help their school to be registered and recognized by the government of Sierra Leone. He said that all necessary criteria a school should acquire for it to become an examination center has already been attained by COTN/SL. He congratulated all the board members who are voluntarily serving the COTN-SL for having their first annual general meeting with the management and staff of the organization in working towards an achievable goal. He said education as the constitution mandated, is the right of the children in this country. He said when the school is approved as government recognized and become a center; it will help other schools within the catchment communities to sit to their NPSEs, BECE, and WASSCE, as he put it, the far distances always cover by pupils to sit to these examinations will no longer be in existence.
Contributing to the commissioning of the school, the Chief Administrator Moyamba District Council Madam Aminata Koroma thanked the Paramount Chief Tommy Mualeylay Jombla of Upper Banta Mokeleh Chiefdom for providing a huge number acres of land for an educational institution to be erected as way of improving the children in that part of the country. She assured all and sundry for them to bringing more development in that part of the country. She said education is one of the devolved functions in the council, as a result she said, she will go all out together with the Ministry of Education to help approve the school because all documents need are in the ministry.
The Chief Administrator commended the both International and National team for bringing this type of educational development as a way of complementing government’s effort. The contribution made by PC Tommy Jombla in offering the one hundred acres of land to COTN and the display of various skits by the school pupils, twelve million Leones donated by Vimetco representative Chief Finance officer Abdul Bangura, official commissioning of the schools Ngolala and Mokpagumba, the cutting of the tape at different locations of the schools, and the thanks giving service climaxed the ceremony.
By Hassan Juana Koroma In Bo.
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