As 45 Left On Scholarship… China Boosts Free Education

 

The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Chinese Embassy and the Sino-Sierra Leone Illuminate Association (SISLAA) on Friday, 24th August, 2018 at the Bintumani Hotel bade farewell to forty five (45) Sierra Leoneans who will be leaving the shores of the country on the 5th September, to pursue further studies in various courses in China under the Chinese government scholarship scheme.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Wu Peng recalled that at this same time last year, his Embassy and other partners bade farewell to 104 students who were offered the Chinese Government scholarship. This, he said, has become an annual programme between the two countries.

Ambassador Wu Peng commended the Government of Sierra Leone for launching the free quality education programme, which he said the Chinese Government will support.

“President Bio under his ‘New Direction’ agenda has prioritized  education deeming it as a strong pillar for the nation’s development and the moral regeneration and the revival of its people,” said Ambassador Wu Peng, noting further that China fully supports the ‘New Direction’ administration and would continue to contribute to its success.

China, he said, has been providing scholarships for various short-term training programmes and other courses for hundreds of Sierra Leoneans every year and also helped the country in the area infrastructure. He further informed that China also considering assisting the Government of Sierra Leone in building school structures in remote areas in order to bolster the free education scheme.

He urged the students to take their academic work serious, pointing out that, it is the turning point of their lives and the country for the future.

In his contribution, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba stated that since the establishment of bilateral ties between Sierra and China, the allocation of scholarships to the former have considerably increased, over the years. The allocation of this year’s scholarship, he said coincides with President Bio’s ‘New Direction’ flagship agenda on education.

On his part, the newly appointed Deputy Ambassador to China, Saffa Wuya Rogers stated that the ‘New Direction’ dream is to, among other things, witness a strengthened relationship between China and Sierra Leone, going forward, in a way that Sierra Leoneans would begin to gain employment in China like in other European and Asia countries.