Land expansion completed
During his trip to Sierra Leone in February 2020, Board member Dietmar Scheiter again visited the Campbell Town property on which the new secondary school is going to be built. After negotiations with adjacent property owners, a plot size has now been secured that can accommodate all the planned school areas - school building with library and computer room, administration wing, kitchen, dining areas, toilets, own water and electricity supply, sports field and schoolyard. At the same time, the legal structure in which the new school will be operated was discussed and the first steps for the official approval procedure for the school with the authorities were initiated. The current headmistress of the UMC Primary School, Mrs Turay, is to be the head of the Secondary School. A German engineering office was also entrusted with the project planning and has since submitted revised plans for the school construction. The engineering office will provide the plans free of charge. The financing of the construction is already secured. The acquisition of the necessary financial means for the sports field as well as the water and electricity supply has already begun. A container with school furniture has already arrived in Sierra Leone in autumn 2019. A big thank you goes to the Gymnasium Oberhaching, which made the complete school equipment possible with the donation of 137 tables for two and 271 chairs! Until the school is up and running, we have "lent" chairs and tables to the new school furnishings from DON BOSCO - so the furnishings serve a good purpose.
Funding for the construction of a new secondary school
We want to give all children in the community and the surrounding area access to the next important educational level. For this purpose, a secondary school is to be set up near the UMC Primary School, which enables graduates to obtain formal qualifications without having to travel arduous distances. Costs and plans for the new construction project are already available. Discussions are currently underway about the legal structure in which the new school will be built and operated. There are also many questions to be clarified, such as everything related to the effective transfer of ownership of the property or the requirements for later recognition of the school by the state authorities or the selection of construction companies, etc. The acquisition of the necessary financial resources from among our association members, friends and supporters have started and we are grateful for any support.