Teachers Make Little One's Count
Most of us have heard the old proverb, "You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime“. We think that's sound logic and probably true, but that's as far as we go. However, Abs Dumbuya knows the truth of the proverb through his own life experience, and this is what motivates him to work up to 18 hours a day to ensure that the young people that he comes in to contact with in Sierra Leone have the opportunity to acheive their potential. The work of The Dorothy Springer Trust has been well documented (see "Changing Lives" blog below), and Abs recently sent an up date of the new primary school built in the fishing village of Tombo and opened in February last year.
"When Easthampstead Baptist Primary School (EBPS) opened in February 2015 there were 120 pupils registered. However, since that time EBPS has become recognised as the very best in the Tombo community, and for the 2016/2017 academic year 318 pupils are registered!
The school, continues to develop an admirable reputation for excellence, and in the recent 'National Primary Schools Exams', 20 of the 21 students entered achieved higher than the government pass mark of 230, and one student scored 300!
On behalf of the School Management Committee, we want to continue to express our profound thanks to EBC UK for establishing this modern school. The construction of the EBPS was fully supported and funded by EBC UK, costing around 400,000,000 Leones (£52,631) The team in Salone, including Rev. Tannie Barbington Johnson and Dr Abs Dumbuya (second right and far right below) are shown here at the inauguration of the School Management Committee.
Thanks also go to the Head Teachers and all the staff of the School for performing so well in a difficult and impoverished community. With such an excellent performance, there are now many more students wanting to join EPBS, but one major challenge is the limited seating of chairs and desks due to the increased numbers."