BBS Honoured Japian Stevens
Monday June 24th marked another historic and memorable day for the family and friends of late Japian Stevens, as his Alma mater, the Berlin British School, gave an award to the best student of the year, in commemoration of his tragic death two years. (Photo: l-r Ambassador Stevens, Mrs. Stevens, the award winner Catheline and her parents)
The Japian Stevens Award, was established by the school after the deceased passed away to remember his good character, and excellent performance in both his academic work and sport related activities during his school days. He was also regarded as a model student, who should always be remembered by all students and staff of the school.
This year’s award was given to Catheline, a female student who has made a huge contribution to the school for the past four years.
Japian Stevens is the late son of Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany, Jongopie S. Stevens, who died shortly after he was reportedly drowned in a river in Berlin.
Responding to his ambition in contributing to the education of many less privileged in Sierra Leone, Japian Stevens’ Parents decided to set up an educational foundation—The Japian Stevens Educational Foundation, in memory of his demise.
“We have decided that the best tribute we can pay to Japian is to set up an educational foundation in his memory,” his mother, Mrs Georgiana Stevens, told the BBS students during the Japian Stevens Award ceremony.
The educational foundation caters for children from government primary schools who have attained the entrance grades to enter private secondary schools. It will also secure scholarships for children who wish to pursue tertiary education, construct and operate a secondary school and a recreational facility for the less fortunate in the country.
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