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KOSA celebrates 61st anniversary in Kenema

KOSA celebrates 61st anniversary in Kenema

The Government Secondary School, Kenema (The Kay School) and its old students association, Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA) are converging in the City of Kenema, Eastern Sierra Leone to celebrate the sixty first (61st) Anniversary of the founding of their school. The School was founded in 1952 as a school for the education of children within that community (Eastern Region) in particular and in Sierra Leone at large.

This year’s celebration which started on Monday 15th April will end on Sunday the 21st April 2013. The celebrations will be characterized by series of educative as well as entertaining programmes within the City of Kenema.

This  occasion which  has in previous years  attracted  huge gathering  of  KOSA members  within and without  Sierra Leone, will again  attract  more eminent  personalities  from all works of life. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Mr. Augustine Sahr Sheku, a distinguished old student of the school has graciously consented to be the guest speaker at this year’s Speech Day and Prize giving Ceremony, and is expected to deliver an erudite speach on the Theme: “Discipline and Quality Education for National Development,”.

Every year, during KOSA week, we visit and interface with institutions in the Kenema community. The interface activity serves the invaluable purpose of raising awareness for the need to educate the children in the Kenema community for national development. Additionally it is meant to showcase the products of the school and their contributions to nation building.

As alumni we are fully cognizant of our responsibility to expatiate the spirit of nation-building by complementing the efforts of government in the development of our school and community at large. This year, on Thursday, we will visit and interface with the two councils in Kenema as they are the highest political authorities in the district. We shall also use this opportunity to humbly bring to their attention the problems of the school and mobilise popular support for the development of our alma mater.

An interesting part of the celebrations is the re-union and awards night, where KOSA annually recognizes and awards some committed members of the association. This aspect of the occasion is used to showcase the successes of past students of the school, as well as expressing gratitude for the role they play in promoting the ideals of the association and the development efforts of the school.  Annually, awardees are selected through a very competitive process based on their contribution to KOSA and the school. The award therefore serves as our modest, but very honourable and meaningful way of acknowledging their invaluable contributions to the school and achievements in society.  It also provides an opportunity for our awardees and colleagues to meet with former school and class mates and reflect on our good old days in the school.

Seven colleagues will be awarded this year, namely Mrs. Martha Kamara, Mr. Abdulai M. Bangura ESQ., Mr. Sahid M. Conteh, Mr. Sheik Yayah Konneh, Mr. Cowan Momoh Tarawally,  Mr. Claude Seiwoh and Dr. Septimus M. Ellie. The awardees, colleagues and pupils of the school will all converge in the early afternoon of Friday at the Cenral Mosque in Kenema for thanksgiving prayers.

This year’s celebration is of particular importance for a plethora of reasons. This year KOSA will launch three important documents, namely the Strategic Plan, the Welfare Policy and the New Constitution inter alia.

The current  national executive  in collaboration with all active members of KOSA have been assiduously working  on these critical documents which are now available for presentation  to the entire membership at the coming  national convention. With these documents, both KOSA and the School will have a comprehensive road map and a step by step guide, of how it will reach its goals, and lay a foundation so that the entire membership will know what will happen and what is expected of them from time to time.

Let me also inform you that this is an election year and only paid up members will constitute the delegates that will have the rights to vote and to be voted for.

The school has recently benefitted from meaningful development projects such as the newly constructed room based library, the KOSA pavilion and the launch of sixty(60) man strong brass band ( brand new). This year’s celebration, will further afford the rest of the members an opportunity to explore possibilities for the development of the school.

We are reliably informed and we verily believe that the Minister of Education Science and Technology. And his counterpart in the ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure are at an advanced stage in their discussions and plans to undertake a comprehensive rehabilitation of the Government Secondary School Kenema.

At this juncture I wish to, on behalf of the school and KOSA express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to His Excellency President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma our third Honorary Alumnus for featuring our alma mater prominently in the agenda for prosperity.

Our brothers and sister alumni associations, namely MOBA and OBBA have consented to celebrate with us this year again and we will as usual have our fun football matches and ball dance.

This year’s celebration will be climaxed with a march past on Sunday 21st April along the main streets of Kenema city. This will feature both present pupils and members of KOSA. The March past shall be preceded by a Christian thanksgiving service to be held at the foyer of the administration block of the school.

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