Her Worship the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, has unveiled a total of 49 newly-constructed classrooms of three municipal schools.
With funding from Make-It-Happen, a UK charity organisation, 20, 18 and 11 classrooms at Henry Fergusson Municipal School, Fattah Rahman Municipal School & E.B Williams School respectively have been constructed.
The nine-month long construction of the classroom blocks is one outcome of the Transform Freetown’s Education Sector initiatives, aimed at improving the teaching and learning environment in the municipal schools that were deplorable.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremonies, on Monday June 24, and Tuesday June 25, Mr Michael Collins, Chief Executive Officer of Make-It-Happen, said, “What we have provided here is planting an acorn. From the seed that we have planted,we very much hope that there will be a mighty oak tree, which will be the performance of you students in the years to come. The reward I look for is to know that a student sitting here today will be a president of this country.”
Also present at the unveiling ceremonies were the British High Commissioner, a representative of the Ministry of Education, members of the schools’ boards, Henry Fergusson (former Mayor of Freetown), the Member of Parliament, Councillor and FCC’s Education Officer.
Addressing the students before cutting the ribbon, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr said, “This is about you. This is us actively playing our part to ensure that the quality of your education improves. The ball is now in your court; make use of these classrooms! Your success is our ultimate reward.”
In addition to the classroom blocks, toilets, and office spaces were constructed at the schools.