Sierra Leone football star awards scholarship to pupils in Kenema
A Sierra Leonean football star based in the United States of America playing for Sporting Kansas City, Kei Kamara, has on Friday 23 September 2011 awarded scholarships to primary school pupils who passed the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) from Saint Charles Lwanga Primary School entering various secondary schools, from those who happen to fall among the best five (5). In his opening remarks the chairman of the program who doubled as a teacher at the Holy Rosary secondary school in Kenema, Mr. Tanga, welcomed all present, the Kei Kamara family, the awardees, parents, and the general public who came to grace the occasion. He said that it is really a blessing and kind gesture Kei has shown being that he happens to have hailed from Kenema and has in turn decided to help children from the same region and Kenema to be specific. Mr.Tanga however admonished the beneficiaries to make good use of such golden opportunity.
The representative of Kei Kamara who is also his elder brother, Steven Kamara, disclosed that his brother Kei has been very grateful to the children of Kenema especially his former school Saint Charles and has always thought it fit to help them when the need arose. He said this is not the first time Kei Kamara is awarding such scholarships to children adding that early last year Kai awarded 10 scholarships to children at the Kenema Government Secondary School and the Holy Trinity Secondary School respectively. He said this year again the scholarships are meant for children entering the Holy Rosary Secondary School and the Ahmadiyya Secondary School, a total number of 10.
Kamara went further to say that these children will benefit from JSS to College level as long as they maintain their standard of being among the first set of five in their respective classes. The scholarship includes the yearly tution fees, mathematical sets, and text books prescribed for their use, and more. He however encouraged the parents of the girls to really monitor their children in making good use of this opportunity but however cautioned that no child will remain to benefit if he/she fails.
Mrs. Frances Y. Tarawally Vice Principal of the Holy Rosary Secondary School extended thanks and appreciation to Kei Kamara and his family for thinking about the girl child in this part of the country adding God will bless in whatever he is doing and appealed to the children to make judicious use of the opportunity awarded them adding there are people and children looking for such giving to them. Other key speakers were Mr. Mohamed Kamara a teacher at Saint Charles Lwanga, and many other notable parents. The awardees were Aminata Turay who scored 255, Philicial S. Mojah 298, Zainab Senesie 264, Christpina Petter 289, and Jattu Amadu who scored 254. The vote of thanks was delivered by Philicial S. Mojah, one of the awardees.
BY SAM A. LAHAI
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