KDU boosts free quality education drive
The Krio Descendant Union (KDU) in the northeast of the United States of America has donated educational materials to the Children’s Library Department of the Sierra Leone Library Board in Freetown.
The donated items include textbooks, computers, a music keyboard, play toys, baby mats, and baby seats, etc. Speaking on behalf of the Union, William Shaw said they have a great passion for education, which is why they have not relented in providing support to the Children’s Library. “We have donated these textbooks to encourage our children to inculcate a reading culture for a brighter future,” he said and added that parents and the Library Board authorities should encourage children to make good use of the donated materials. Mr. Shaw assured of union’s further support to boost quality education in the country.
Board Chairman of Sierra Leone Library Board, Professor Sahr P. Thomas Gbamanja recalled a similar donation made by KDU to the same department for which he is extremely grateful and added that members of the Union have been good friends to the national fight to achieve quality education, which starts with children. “The donation is timely and it will further boost education in the country,” he re-echoed and thanked the KDU for the support and assured that the materials will be used for their intended purpose.
Salliue Turay, Chief Librarian of the Sierra Leone Library Board said they recorded 3, 700 children users in 2019 and realized a drop to 3, 441 in 2020 due to COVID-19. He revealed that the series of the third donation from KDU Northeast will further transform the Children’s Library Department into a modern-day learning environment. “I am grateful to see that KDU Northeast is coming to our aid to help children develop a reading culture through the provision of the relevant education,” he remarked and furthered that it will further help to mold children for a brighter future.
Keziah Sesay, A Child User of the Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School told her audience that she started reading at the Children’s Library Department since she was 2yrs old through her mom who is currently working at the Library Board.”I am proud to say I can now read well mostly reading materials supplied by KDU Northeast. This helped me to pass my National Primary School Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination in which I came out with flying colors,” Sesay said.
Head of the Children’s Library Department, Mrs. Dunstanette Davies revealed that the department is embarking on lots of development activities including encouraging parents to make good use of the facilities provided at the Library Board. She said the donated items will be shared with their various branches across the country.