Some have had disappointments and not been promoted or moved forward in our lives at a time when they wanted it and have had to learn the virtue of patience. Many have learned to be proud of their decisions to wait and to use the time well.
We have also had some fantastic successes:
100% in the NPSE and the BECE (as usual – fantastic achievement by staff and students and representing a lot of work!)
Over 150 teachers trained through the QEP and QEPM, having an impact on the education of nearly 9000 children!
8 out of 8 applicants to the African Gifted Foundation Summer Academy were invited to Ghana and had a wonderful time in Accra.
6 out of 12 places offered went to EducAid girls for the GoWoman mentoring breakfast in Freetown.
3 Slow Farms started under Carrick’s management but with the great hard work of many many staff and students.
A wonderful EducAidian Professionals Conference was held where 100+ past pupils committed themselves to counter culture values of integrity and resistance to corruption.
Together, in 2014 and indeed going forward, we believe we can build on all these achievements and we have the potential for an amazing future.
The Sierra Leone we are targeting is a strong Sierra Leone with a healthy population: healthy in spirit, mind and body – resistant to corruption, providing good health and education services to its people, leading the way in sustainable independent development and technology. This is a Sierra Leone, where there will no longer be a great difference in wealth between the rich and the poor; a Sierra Leone where some are willing to come down a notch or two in order for the wealth to be shared more equally to everyone; a Sierra Leone, where every Sierra Leonean is a brother or sister with equal chances to achieve and equal responsibility to give.
In EducAid we want to learn to educate and be educated in order to make this real. We want to use our education to disrupt injustice and inequality, as much as possible. We invite each member of staff and each student to see the gaining of their own education not as a means for them to leave the group of the oppressed and become one of the oppressors but to help the oppressed rise up with them and to hold the oppressors to account. If one person alone succeeds, they fail. If someone succeeds while bringing others with them, that is true success. Let us rise but let us maintain our compassion. Let us see our education as a means to change not only our own personal situation but that of our communities and indeed of the country as a whole. If we can maintain our motto of Love, we are powerful. If we forget love, we will use our education to be better crooks, liars and thieves. In that case, it would be better that there was no EducAid!
We have the opportunity to do something very exciting if we work together and pursue excellence in our academic studies as well as in our service and love of one another.
We call all EducAidians to use this time of Christmas to choose to love; to love powerfully and courageously.
If you would like to know more about EducAid's work with vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans, please go to www.educaid.org.uk