Constructed about a year ago, the Dr. Kadi Sesay Girls Secondary School is the first all-girls school in Port Loko District. This school was built by Mercury International Sierra Leone Limited as part of the company’s $1.5 million pledge toward the construction of 90 classroom blocks in support of the government Free Quality Education Programme (FQEP). It has all the appurtenances of a modern-day school including a well-furnished science laboratory, a well-resourced and equipped library, a child-friendly playground, water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, staff offices and spacious classrooms that contribute to effective learning.
The school was named after one of Sierra Leone’s foremost female educationists, philanthropists and peace-building practitioners, Dr. Kadi A. Sesay. Dr. Kadi Sesay was well-known for her dedicated service in the field of education. She also rose to the political limelight following her appointment as Development Minister (1999 – 2002) and Trade Minister (2002 – 2007) respectively.
Celebrating the first anniversary of the school on Friday 8 Oct., Mercury International magnanimously dished out Le100 million to the school administration to be able to provide stipend for teachers without pin codes and to undertake refurbishment of the infrastructure whenever the need arises, even though the government has assumed full responsibility of providing subvention to the school after it was approved as a Government school.
Just twelve months after it was formally opened, the school has enrolled over 100 pupils and has recruited teachers with baccalaureate degrees from recognized universities.
Speaking at the occasion last Friday, the principal Marion Malia Jiba profoundly thank Mercury for making such a huge investment in education; thus giving a promising future to children of a district that recorded the highest illiteracy figures in the 2015 National Census.
Madam Jiba however noted that they are faced with resource constraints as government subsidies are usually delayed. She also mentioned that there is a growing demand for education in the district and therefore appealed to Mercury International to construct another facility for Senior Secondary School (SSS) pupils to enable the girls to acquire secondary education without any impediment.
In response, the Managing Director of Mercury, Martin Michael commended Madam Jiba and her entire staff for doing their best in promoting learning outcomes. He noted that the concerns raised would be looked into. In addition to the Le100 million given to the school administration, Mr. Michael also donated 3,000 exercise books for pupils of the school.
He promised to continue supporting the school for as long as he lives. The ceremony was chaired by the Resident Minister for Northwest, Haja Isata Abdulai Kamara.