Twenty two primary schools in Bo city on Thursday May 28 benefited from a donation from a humanitarian organisation One World Link (OWL) in the form of litter bins and learning materials. The ceremony which took place at the OWL Community Center on Mattru Road in Bo put smiles on the faces of both pupils and teachers as it came ‘when needed most’.
Speaking at the commencement of the program, the master of ceremony who is also the financial secretary of OWL
Bo district Alfred Maada Fobay told the gathering that the day was a momentous one for the beneficiary schools. He said OWL initiated the idea of making a donation to schools taking into consideration the present outbreak of Ebola in the country and the need for hygiene to be promoted in schools especially primary schools where you have more vulnerable pupils.
The chairman of OWL Bo district Mr. V.V. Bockarie dilated on the OWL’s objectives and admonished the beneficiaries to make effective use of the materials as they are very important in the present circumstance. He entreated heads of schools to ensure littering of schools is discouraged and to imbibe a culture of dropping garbage into the bins instead of indiscriminately disposing of it. The master of ceremony added that they included a ledger on their donation list to boost the culture of record keeping. Mr. Fobay said they were aware that the schools have been given registers by government but OWL decided to include a ledger in their donation because they want proper records keeping to be practiced.
Various other speaker including the paramount chief’s wife, civil society representative, ministry of social welfare, education chairman Bo City Council and the police embellished the good work of OWL by lavishing praises on them. The civil society representative Mr. Daboh and the paramount chief’s wife expanded on the role of children in the development of societies and how OWL’s intervention was very timely.
The vote of thanks was given a pupil Mariama Kallon of UBC Primary School.
One World Link is a friendship link organisation that has its roots in the UK in Lemington, Spa in Warwick district. Mr. V.V. Bockarie is the chairman of OWL Bo and Mr. John Archer is chairman in Lemington, Spa.