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Sierra Leone News: Children’s schooling a concern for disaster victims

The reopening of schools after the long vacation is fast approaching and what parents are engaging in presently is purchasing school materials for their children. At the Malama Kaningo Primary School where survivors of the August 14 flooding are residing, parents have raised concern on the educational need of their children.
They made this disclosure last Friday when members of the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) in partnership with the Condohsapa visited the camp where they presented relief items such as clothes, mattresses and food items valued over Le32 million.
According to workers at the camp, there are about 150 primary school pupils and 120 secondary school pupils at the camp. They say they have not received any educational materials from donors.
Adama Koroma is a mother of two girls. She said, “I am asking the government to help us with a place to stay. For my child, we lost all her school materials and school will soon reopen.”
Community members have volunteered to provide classes for the children. Bobby Mansaray lost all he has during the flood. He is a father of four. He said he was pleased that volunteers were teaching their children. “This is a school and classes will soon commence, we do not have places to stay.”
The team leader of the ONS Osman Conteh said they have not received any school material from donors but some donor organisations have promised to do so. YMCA also donated similar items to other survivors at Don Bosco Fambul over the weekend.
ES/26/8/17
By Edna Smalle
Monday August 28, 2017.

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