Cluff Gold Contry Manager motivates Baomahun and Mongere School Children on the Day of the African Child
Cluff Gold Company with operations in the Valunia Chiefdom Bo District joined thousands of school children drawn from over fifteen villages within the chiefdom to commemorate the Day of the African Child on June 16. (Photo: Cluff Gold Country Manager Alusine Jalloh explaining the significance of June 16th to children with their parents at Mongere)
Country Manager of Cluff Gold Alusine Jalloh says school children should be trained to become responsible citizens through motivation to protect and promote their welfare through education for prosperity.
Giving a brief back ground about the Day of the African Child the Country Manager said “the Day of the African Child is to commemorate the day in 1976 when hundreds of black schoolchildren were killed in Soweto, South Africa.
He explained that they took to the streets in Soweto to protest against an inferior education system and the right to be taught in their own language.
Mr. Jalloh further explained to the school children that the events of 1976 stirred a generation to rise up against apartheid, and we are again at a pivotal moment – to make lasting change to a generation of children, who hope for, and need, the right to determine their own future.
He said Cluff Gold believes in behaving responsibly towards communities they operate by promoting education and better living standards for children and “we are celebrating the day with Baomahun Kids by providing meals and light refreshment after the day’s event.”
The company strives to understand local needs so as to create sustainable initiatives that bring benefits to the people and the communities, both during the time the company is operating there and long after when most of the children should have grown to responsible citizens that contribute to national development.
The Country Manager encouraged the school children to take their academic works seriously which will serve as the key towards their prosperity. We are providing some of you with scholarships and also rebuilding damaged school and rehabilitation of roads within the area the company operates.
Thomas L Bundu Head Teacher of BDEC School Mongere expressed gratitude to Cluff Gold management for their continued support towards education in the area by complimenting government efforts in providing quality education.
Mr. Bundu called on parents to support their children and spoke about the role of children in the future development of the nation and called on parents to send their kids to school.
Mabinty Sesay of Selenga Secondary School said she is happy that some of the school children have been informed about the Day of the African Child as result of the massacre in Soweto.
She appealed to Cluff Gold for their continued support towards education in some of the schools in Valunia Chiefdom and also called on government to improve some of their school facilities.
Salieu Idrissa Koroma Head Teacher Ahmmadiya Primary School at Baomahun Village also witnessed a similar feeding program for school children. The school head master said the school has benifited immensely from Cluff Gold and appealed to the government for more support.
The Day of the African Child commemoration was anchored by the Administrative and Finance Officer of Cluff Gold, Clifford Part Nelly of the Baomahun Site who encouraged parents to support their kids.
Distribution of meals and skit performances by children formed a high point of the day in both Baomahun and Mongere in the Valunia Chiefdom Bo District.
By Saidu Bah
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