London Mining supports the GOSL in achieving universal primary education by awarding scholarships to students of Port Loko District schools
Lunsar – (27 November 2013) – On 23 and 25 November, London Mining awarded 954 scholarships, worth a total of over US$ 40,000, to primary and junior secondary students in their operating communities of Marampa and Maforki in the Port Loko District. The Company also donated exercise books, school bags and mathematical sets to primary and junior secondary students in neighbouring communities within the district.
During an award ceremony, Mark Somlyay, General Manager, Finance and Administration, London Mining, said, “London Mining is fully committed to support the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL) in achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) no. 2 universal primary education by 2015 by investing in the education of children in its operating community. For us, investing in children’s education is not only the ‘right thing to do’, it is also the ‘smart thing to do’ as it is London Mining’s policy to employ locally where the necessary skills are available.” Mr. Somlyay continued, “With these scholarships, not only do we increase the recipients opportunities for further education and employment, we also increase the quality of London Mining’s future employment pool.” He congratulated recipients and encouraged them to take full advantage of this opportunity.
The Member of Parliament for Lunsar, Constituent 50, Honourable Isata Kabia, thanked London Mining for having initiated the scholarship programme and for bringing hope and development to the people of the Marampa and Maforki chiefdoms. “We are grateful for this partnership with London Mining and I call on all students to make good use of the opportunity provided by the Company,” she said.
London Mining also contributed US$30,000 this year as part of its new scholarship scheme for tertiary level students in the Port Loko District.
Since 2010, London Mining has supported the education of over 4,000 children across schools in the Port Loko District.
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