The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma, has bade farewell to four school girls who were selected from the National girls camp for a Rochas foundation College of Africa Scholarship in Nigeria.
Zulaika Turay, Hajaratu Koie Kamara Ruth Sia Gborie and Fatima Morenikeh are deprived school girls who participated in the National girls camp, an annual event organized by the Office of the First Lady for girls from deprived backgrounds drawn from across the 14 districts of Sierra Leone.
The First Lady congratulated the girls and wished them success as they leave to further their studies in Nigeria.
She told them that they would be joining other girls from around the continent and expressed hope that they will achieve success and make their countrymen proud.
She gave them some lessons on cross culture whilst admonishing them to remain girls and not mothers.
Also present were the parents of the lucky four who also thanked the First Lady for the opportunity afforded their children.
The told the First Lady that they had given consent for their children to be awarded the scholarships.
The First Lady reminded them that the Ministry of Education Science and Technology was also involved in the selection process.
Mrs. Koroma informed them that the scholarships were made possible by the First Lady of Nigeria, H.E Aisha Buhari, a patron of Rochas foundation College of Africa to the First Ladies of Africa through the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS.
The girls will initially spend three years in Junior school at the College. If they are successful, they will proceed to senior secondary school and eventually gain admission into university.
The Rochas Foundation of Africa was founded by the Executive Governor of Imo State, Nigeria His Excellency Owelle Anatomy Rochas Okorocha and offers free comprehensive education to children from deprived backgrounds that are intelligent from across Africa.In another development the government of China through its partnership with the Office of the First Lady granted its second Scholarship award for the pursuit of a degree in medicine for the year 2017-2023 to Miss Alexandra Comfort Mahawa George.
Miss George is a participant of the First Lady’s National girls Camp Initiative which is an empowerment forum armed at equipping young Sierra Leonean girls with the right tools and knowledge to become empowered and safe.