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AFRICAN ECHO NEWS

Sing Freetown - The Milton Margai School for the Blind


NAMED after the first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, the school was founded in the capital, Freetown, in 1956 with just three pupils and one teacher. Today it has 83 pupils. All the children and some of the staff are blind or partially sighted. It is the only registered school for the blind in Sierra Leone. The school is residential. Pupils come from all parts of the country. It follows the national curriculum for primary schools. After the pupils have completed their primary education, they go on to mainstream secondary schools and colleges while still residing at the school.

Life has been tough for Sierra Leoneans in recent times but even more so for those with disabilities. Some young people were blinded by the rebels; others lost their families. The school suffered many hardships during the turmoil of the war, being evacuated during the coup of 1997 and badly damaged during the invasion of Freetown in January 1999. It is now getting back on its feet under the direction of its headmaster Albert Sandy and his devoted staff.

Music plays an important part in the school's activities. The choir, initially under the leadership of the former headmaster, Sam Campbell, is now under the direction of Alie Conteh and Kitty Fadlu-Deen. The school receives limited support from the Sierra Leone Government. Its running and upkeep is largely dependent upon the help and support of benefactors.

The UK Association for the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone was established in 2004 as the school's officially registered charity (No.1103408) in the UK to coordinate this support.

All proceeds from this concert will go directly towards the running of the school and if you would like to continue to give your support contact us through Mr Ron Fennell on 01895238635 or email: ron@ronalfennel.co.uk or visit the school's website with the address below. www.miltonmargaischool.org

 

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