As 2023 comes to a closing, Diamond Child School of Arts & Culture is proud to announce that the center is presently instructing and feeding daily a record number of 625 students. Diamond Child School Director, Madame Memunatu Mahmoud and Senior Educational Program Officer, Mr. Dennis Kamara oversee 161 hard-working students as they prepare to take the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (W.A.S.S.C.E.) in the spring of 2024. More than half of the “Diamonds” are young girls. The school’s staff celebrates the larger number of female attendees, a most encouraging and positive sign. Girls that stay longer in school are both receiving a more complete education while preventing or postponing early marriages.
GlobalGiving & Airline Ambassador’s cooperation, which includes providing nutritious meals daily, also indirectly assists in the prevention of young women being exposed and victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), a cultural practice that Diamond Child strongly opposes.
.The gracious ongoing contribution to the center’s nutritional program is fundamental in boosting the health of this growing student community. The entire community of Diamond Child, in Sierra Leone and Spain, join together to sincerely thank GlobalGiving & Airline Ambassadors contributors for their support and in wishing you a joyous and healthy holiday season.
Due to torrential summer rains, the Diamond School is officially closed for the summer.
However, we are proud to announce that 50 of our students took the National School Primary exam and PASSED this rather difficult test allowing them to continue their eduation on the secondary level. *See pic above
We also have our teachers on a flexible, alternating schedule to offer tutoring to those students who need it most. Students attend review classes and receive a small snack to help them through the day. Attendance fluctuates according to how much the rains hamper the schedule.
One Diamond Child shared:
"My name is Musa, I am 10 years old, I did very well in the last school term so I have just been promoted to Class 6. I am a girl with passion for learning.
Now I am unable to go to school because we have closed down for the raining season. I really miss playing with our friends on our school compound. My parents already made my uniform for the new school term, I am very proud as my uniform looks very nice and I am ready as soon as we reopen to take my books and meet all my friends at school."
In closing, we would like to once again thank our GlobalGiving supporters. We could not do this without you!
Due to the recent devastating devaluation of Sierra Leone’s local currency, the price of local basic commodities, has skyrocketed. This, coupled with a drastice increase in imported staples such as rice and the gas needed to cook a meal, has greatly affected our students.
Sadly, some Diamond Child School families have pulled their kids out of school and sent them to work menial jobs or beg in the streets in order for the family to survive. The psychological effects of such abrupt interruptions of a child’s education are both hard to quantify or easy to eradicate. Other repercussions could include acquiring various potentially debilitating vices such as stealing, drug abuse and sexual harassments; the dangers associated with street hawking.
Thanks to our feeding program, funded by your kind donations, many parents consciously prefer to have their children attend Diamond Child School where their youngsters are assured that they will receive a nutritious meal daily. For the family it is really a win-win situation: receive an education while avoiding the burden of having to struggle to feed the child at least one complete plate of healthy food during the school week. Diamond Child’s staff have observed since the onset of this “Nutritious Foods” program, a significant improvement in their student’s level of attention in class.As the institution’s founder recently quoted, “this accompanies greatly a child’s joy of learning”.
We’d like to end on a very positive and encouraging note: Diamond Child will be sending 40 students (up from 30 in the last edition) to sit for the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) set for May. Convinced that this feeding project has again had a direct impact on the number of students whose goal is to enter secondary school, this selective entrance test will indeed host many healthy “Diamonds” in 2023. Congratulations students!We wish you all the best. Thank you, GlobalGiving. Thank you, Airline Ambassadors.
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