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The David School Adult Education (TDSAE), implementing agency was formed in September 1st 2017 by a group of patriotic adults of Mile 36 community. The aim of the association is to improve the welfare of the adults of the Mile 36 community to acquire sound knowledge and skills in basic First Aid, Hygiene, Numeracy, Literacy, Life skills and basic computer skills to promote peace among the adults and to encourage them to participate in community Development.
Thank you so much for your concern, I have received several messages and thought I should clarify the present situation.
What has happened is terrible but thankfully the school is far enough away from Regent not to have been involved.
I have spoken directly with Alfred and other key people there and am pleased to report that all are safe.
It is school holiday and so children go to stay with relatives all over the country.
We won’t hear about them until school re-opens in early September.
On the 26th April, David and his family travelled down to London to attend the Rotary Champion of Change Awards at the House of Lords. The event was hosted by Baroness Harris of Richmond and presented by Lord William Hague.
David was one of this year’s twelve recipients to receive this prestigeous award in recognition of his oustanding volunteer work to improve the lives of others. His local Rotary Club of Ramsey nominated him in the International category with the following suporting statement:
David became aware of the dire conditions in Sierra Leone on a trip there in 2005. It became his aim to provide high quality, free education for the Temne tribe in a rural area of the country, where residents speak their own language and are unable to read or write.
What followed in 2008 was what the locals called ‘The David School’. Since then, the project has seen the opening of a refurbished primary school and newly built secondary school and living accommodation for staff. The site teaches around 360 pupils during the day and offers adult education programmes in the evenings.
The picture shows David receiving his award from Lord Hague alongside Eve Conway of the Rotary Club of Redbridge, President of RIBI for Rotary year 2016/17
The youngsters at Wilds Lodge, an independent specialist boarding and day school for boys aged between 5 and 18 in Rutland, have filled over 370 shoe boxes with gifts, that is one for every child in the school.
David has collected these from the school, and they will be shipped out to Sierra Leone in the next few days. Our thanks to all the pupils and staff involved.
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