200 Graduate from IKRF Computer School Sierra Leone
The Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation Computer Studies, Sierra Leone Chapter, (IKRF-CS-SL) situated at 5 Adelaide Street, central part of Freetown, has on the 30th March 2019 , certified 200 students who have gone through Microsoft’s packages with support from the Iranian Cultural Centre at 25 Garrison Street in Freetown.
The historic certification ceremony which was organized by staff of IKRF-SL was held at the Freetown Central Mosque on 2 Wilberforce Street in a bid to mark their 9th graduation ceremony since the establishment of the foundation.
Delivering the Overview of Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, the Director of Studies, IKRF-SL, Alieu Badara Sesay thanked members of the high table for honoring their invitation within short notice nothing that the event is just to demonstrate commitment on improving the human capital of the country through computer trainings.
Director Sesay disclosed that, IKRF-SL has always been providing comprehensive computer trainings for young people with Islamic teachings, moral values adding that they would continue to give their best for the sustenance of the foundation even though the center is closed due to some diplomatic ties with heavy countries.
He admonished graduates to continue furthering their studies because according to him, education is a continuous process which requires great sacrifices to attained success and that Knowledge is light.
Mr. Sesay expressed thanks and appreciations to the Iranian people for supporting Islamic scholars and Muslim students in Sierra Leone since the signing of the bilateral tie between the two countries in diverse ways, especially with regards to moral teachings and preaching on the importance of sustaining peace.
In his statement as guest speaker, Dr. Abu Bakarr Kargbo, who also serves as Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) congratulated graduates for completing Microsoft computer training with program with certificate and cautioned students to have self-esteem in undertaking future projects with good Islamic ethics.
Dr. Kargbo noted that, he started working with the Iranian people since 1985 in Sierra Leone with the establishment of the Iranian Cultural Centre on 38 Lightfoot Boston Street and later moved to 25 Garrison Street where the centre is situated currently. He sensitized that, in 1979 the great Islamic Revolution took place in Iran.
He admonished graduates to be role model in society in attaining self-reliance in the future with independency while he cautioned young people not to partake in consuming harmful drugs adding that Islamic principles does not permit alcohol intake as it’s destroyed the thinking faculty and can leads to brain damage.
He expressed disappointment with the code of dressing put on by some female graduates but he quickly applauded the foundation for offering free computer trainings and that the IKRF-SL is not only focusing on computer studies but also operates on other important vocational trainings to promote Muslim communities with moral values.
He assured the gathering that even though the cultural centre is closed, but the good initiatives of the centre will still continue to run because according to him the IKRF-SL branch has grown to another level with the motive of providing capacity building programs for youths.
He advised women to structure themselves well in practicing Islamic principles and that as Muslims, we should always try to improve the welfare of Imams who he described as key figure in society.
In his statement and blessing of certificates, Sheik Ahmed Tejan Sillah –Leader-Shiiat Community, told the gathering to join him prayed for the Iranian people to have ever lasting solution over the current situation in their country and vowed to always continue offering prayers for the restoration of the Iranian cultural centre at Garrison Street in Freetown.
He appealed to the general gathering to allow their children seek knowledge to live a self-reliance life style and commended the staff of IKRF-SL for the national commitment, while prayed for God’s intervention to take control of the graduation ceremony.
Speaking on behalf of, Forum of Islamic Organizations, the President Alhaji Justice A. B. King commended IKRF-SL management for sustaining the computer training which he said will complement government’s effort in the fight to prioritized education for national development .
He expressed appreciation to graduates for accomplishing the training on all the Microsoft packages adding that nothing is late in life to seek basic education whether on computer studies or any other form of knowledge seeking for self-defense.
Justice A. B. King admonished young girls and women to preserve the Muslim religion by practicing good moral ethics on the correct use of Hijab and that his organization has succeeded in bringing peace to Islamic Communities across Sierra Leone.
On his part, the President of Imam Khomeini Student Union, Abdul Samad Bangura said the graduation ceremony was a step in the right direction for them as graduates and that it is better to gain knowledge for self-reliance.
Mr. Bangura expressed thanks and appreciation to the staff of IKRF-SL for impacting computer knowledge to them while commending parents and guardians for their relentless effort in supporting their students to achieve their goals.
Presenting the certificates for distribution, Mariam Koroma, a senior staff of IKRF-SL told graduates to execute maturity in their future endeavors and that all the speakers cautioned young people to behavior well while they are in hijabs.
Madam Koroma expressed profound gratitude to colleagues’ staff for the key commendations and comments by learned invitees in a bid to mark their 9th graduation ceremony with 200 graduates to receive their certificates for completing the Microsoft Packages at the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation Computer studies –Sierra Leone Chapter.
By Alhassan Bangura
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