Africell sponsors KAN exhibition
The leading GSM operator in the country, Africell has sponsored the third annual national talent and cultural exhibition of the Kids Advocacy Network (KAN) on the theme, ‘Culture Must Prevail In Our Society’ at the British Council Auditorium. The event was held on Saturday 21st April, 2012.
Ngadi Josephine Kargbo, Africell’s Media Relations Officer stated that the objective of the company is to provide quality and affordable communication service to the populace for which it has clinched the AWOL award thrice for being the best telecommunication company in the country.
She further stated that Africell’s adherence to its corporate social responsibility has resulted to tremendous contributions being made to the development of individuals and institutions through its various promotions.
She gave as example the company’s transformation of a dealer in used clothing, Karim Brima of Pendebu to a billionaire, offering scholarships to Muslims to perform the Hajj in the Holy Land of Mecca and beautification of the historic Freetown Cotton Tree and the ultra-modern clock tower in Makeni among several other development projects.
Ngadi Josephine Kargbo continued that the company has passion for education hence, “is partnering with the Milton Margai School for the Blind and School for the Deaf to enhance education, awarding scholarships to pupils of St. Joseph Secondary School and pupils whose parents died in the Shenge boat disaster.”
She recalled that recently, the company sponsored the Inter-Secondary Schools Quiz Competition organized by the Nigerian Students’ Union in Sierra Leone that saw the Sierra Leone Grammar School emerging the winner.
According to the Media Relations Officer, Africell has also partnered with KAN to empower young people with the confidence to make informed career choices for which the company has been branded ‘pikin’ company reiterating that Africell appreciates the fact that communication is important to all regardless of sex or age.
“Africell cares for the welfare of children and encourages students to study hard as the country relies on them for its future. ‘Salone Na Wi Countri’ and Africell ‘Na Wi Network’”, Ngadi J. Kargbo concluded.
Child Protection Officer, British Council, Michael Dennis lauded Africell and KAN for the sponsorship that enabled the children to display their talents affirming that the British Council holds the view that children have potentials and that every child matters.
Michael Dennis further noted that children are a top priority to the company as they have a unique willingness to exchange knowledge that would meaningfully build trust and make sustainable difference in the country’s future.
National President of KAN, Edmond Alim Fornah acclaimed Africell for the sponsorship underscoring that the company has contributed immensely to the development of children’s education.
Edmond Alim Fornah went on to highlight that the network advocates for the development and welfare of children since they are the future leaders and urged children to stay away from violence and crime but focus on their education, the key to their success and advancement of the country.
Concluding, he disclosed that 21st April, 2012 was the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Child Rights Act that should be implemented through the Children’s Advocacy Forum Network underlining, “it is better to train up a child than to repair an adult.”
Cultural performances and presentation of certificates climaxed the ceremony.
By A. R. Bedor
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