Mercury International Pledges Le 12 Billion to Construct 80 Classrooms nationwide for FQSE scheme
In a bid to continued demonstrating key commitment on education and support in fulfilling their corporate social responsibility for the government and people of Sierra Leone, Mercury International has pledges Le 12 Billion for the construction of 80 classrooms across the country as support on the Government’s Free Quality School Education Initiative (FQSE).
The historic pledging ceremony was held at the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary School Headquarter Office, New England Ville in Freetown, recently in the presence of various media institutions and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on behalf of the people.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed between the management of Mercury International and that of the Ministry for Basic and Senior Secondary School is that 80 new classrooms will be provide to facilitate the process of FQSE scheme especially with regards to overcrowding challenges in schools across the country.
Delivering the pledge document on behalf of his company, the Managing Director (MD), Martin Michael says the 80 classrooms construction project will form part of Mercury International’s Continual Commitment in collaborating with the government in promoting national development of the country, particularly through education and support.
He said Mercury International will continued to provide the conducive environment for the development of young people ,especially in terms of capacity building nothing his company will continue to give its influencing support towards delivery quality education for national development as their corporate social responsibility.
“We have a track record in supporting education and support in Sierra Leone and we have already running a successful education scholarship scheme since our inception. We are proud to support the Government’s agenda for the Free Quality Education because it has the potential to create big impact or significance to the development of Sierra Leone”, Mercury International MD affirmed.
In his backing up statement, the Mercury Chairman for the Education Charity Foundation, Samir Hassanyeh says is a priority area for Mercury International‘s corporate social responsibility plan adding the company has been providing support on education through the establishment of Mercury Education Charity Foundation (MECF).
He said the company is very proud to be part of the free quality education initiative and that Sierra Leone will continued to have good products of young graduates who will compete globally on behalf of the country.
In his keynote address, the Minister for Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Dr. Alpha Osman Timbo thanked Mercury International for their contribution to the free education programme adding preference would be given to building schools in remote areas.
Dr .Timbo continued that, according to the MOU Mercury International will provide 80 classrooms over the period of four years in locations identified and on land provided by the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education. He said his Ministry will also responsible for all relevant procurement and permissions.
By Alhassan Bangura
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