The Queen Elizabeth Academy
The Chairman of the opening ceremony, Rev Samuel Hastine, in his statement observed that there are many rich Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora but very few of them have the heart to take ventures that will benefit people back home.
The Chairman admonished those that will be benefiting from the school to embrace the effort applied by the young investor by sending their children to school which he said will ensure that their children make a difference in their academic works and progress.
The local Government Councillor at the ward where the school is located, Abdul Salam Kanu, confessed that he is overwhelmed by the ventures taken by Alie Bangura in the development of the community; adding that only a very few young men in the calibre of Okems make such benevolentÂ undertakings.
The Principal of the school, Mr. George S. Freeman, said the aim of the academy is give equal learning opportunities to children in the community so that they can have a future like their benefactor Alie Bangura.
Mr. Freeman revealed that the school currently has ten teachers as a start of the Programme and that the school is going to start with the admission of forty pupils; with subsequent admissions to be carried in the coming academic years.
Speaking at the ceremony, the young proprietor said “it is a big day in my life because since I was a small man in this community in the 80s, it has been my dream to build schools or a hospital for the Kissy community.”Â Development he noted is a gradual process and that it is only when various people contribute in their own small way that development can be guaranteed.Â “The people of Kissy,” he said “have shown a lot of appreciation for my contribution and that that has awakened my spirit even more to continue helping in my own small way.”
Mr. Bangura made complement to his mother, Musu Bangura, without who he said all that has been done could have been possible. He acknowledged that it was a challenge for him to have been in London and undertaken such projects here; without the help of friends and family, the achievement of such magnitude could never have been achieved.
Kalilu Fadika, a close acquaintance and philanthropist to the school, in giving the background to the school said the project commenced in 2001 and that based on the aims of the school, he as a philanthropist Sierra Leonean based in the United States saw reason to contribute to the project for he also hails from the same community.
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