In Sierra Leone, Kenema School gets modern library
The Alie Kabba Foundation (AKF) last Friday commissioned a modern library at the Government Secondary School in Kenema
The library was single handedly constructed and furnished by the Chief Executive Officer of the AKF, Mr. Alie Kabba, an alumni of the Kenema Secondary School and former student union president of Fourah Bay College and it was during his tenure as president of the college that he staged the infamous student strike in 1987.
Mr. Kabba is based in Chicago in the United States of America, where his foundation is registered.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Emmanuel Momoh said the commissioning ceremony was not only unique to the K-School but it is a development to the entire eastern region.
He said “we have heard about commissioning of a school’s project or a classroom etc., but today it is a library, which is the source of knowledge and reference.”
Mr. Momoh said the library is very important as an effective way of learning and therefore implored the teachers and the pupils to make good use of it.
He commended Mr. Alie Kabba for his initiative and hoped other alumni will follow his fine example.
In his statement, the chairman of the CTA and Parent Teachers association ((PTA), Mr. Junisa M Kallon called on the children and teachers as well as the community people to take great care of the library as it is here to stay.
The CEO of the Alie Kabba Foundation, Mr. Kabba said he decided to recognise the chief of the school, Pa Aruna whom he described as a dedicated and committed public servant who served the pupils and the school diligently.
He recalled when he entered the school in 1965 in Form One Red it was Pa Aruna who always woke up on a daily basis to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner till 10 at night.
He said a lot of people passed through K-School but refused to recognise the important role Pa Aruna played and therefore he decided to recognise him by dedicating his name to the library, Pa Aruna Memorial Library.
He said in life we have to give back or pay back to people who in diverse ways contributed in one way or the other to one’s success.
He said he visited the school two years ago and discovered that there was no physical development from where he left it. He told the principals of the school that he wanted to construct a modern library “and today we are commissioning the library”, he said proudly.
“This school makes me what I am today and we have the responsibility to make a transformation and progress from what we have achieved,” he added.
He said education is the key to development, noting that with education we can wipe out poverty, which he said is the enemy of human dignity.
He commended all those who supported him towards the success of the project including his uncle Alhaji Abdulai Kabba, his mother, Mammy Alice Kabba and members of the AKF.
The library has reading rooms, thousands of books on various subjects, including science, art, commerce and an internet cafe.
Other speakers included the two principals of the school, Mr. M.J. Mansaray of the Senior level and Mr. A. B. Tucker of the Junior Secondary school, the Mayor of the Kenema City Council, Mr. J. S. Kelfala and the Paramount Chief.
By Alhaji Saidu Kamara
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