A private school in Kenema, Sierra International Academy (SIA) has with support from a Community Based Organization, World Institute for Sustainable Humanity (AWISH) Sierra Leone provided three years scholarships to fifty (50) pupils considered as ebola orphans, ebola survivors and street children.
In his statement, the proprietor of Sierra International Academy, Alpha Beretay said the move was part of activities of the school to mark its first anniversary since its inception in 2015.
He said the three-year scholarship scheme will cater for the tuition fees and the provision of other learning materials of the targeted beneficiaries. He disclosed that the beneficiaries were selected by the school authorities in consultation with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) and other relevant authorities in the city.
The proprietor highlighted the past and present challenges faced by the school ranging from financial constraint to additional buildings to provide for additional sitting accommodation.
Norwah Sheriff, Principal of Sierra International Academy in his overview, traced the origin of the school since 2015 starting with four pupils. He revealed that as at now, the school can boast of over 500 registered pupils. He said the school in 2015 sent 28 pupils for the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) with an outcome of 100% passes.
The Principal thanked various individuals for their invaluable contributions towards the making of the school to what it is today.
The Assistant Director in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA)-East, Alice Jeneba Koroma thanked Sierra International Academy for its support to vulnerable children. She noted that the scholarship will serve as a motivation to the pupils to further their academic pursuits.
She called on parents and guardians to put premium on the education of their children, especially the girl child. Parents and beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the school management for their timely intervention to address the academic welfare of the children.