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US student intervenes to help build pupils reading skills

Posted by RCG-SL on May 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Virginia State University student, Sierra Leonean born UScitizen, Yainkain Kallon, is in Sierra Leone to help empower school pupils inneed with the provision of reading materials to various primary schools in thecountry.

“Every child should be able to go to school and to learn,”she said while teaching reading skills to pupils of the Wellington Orphanageprimary school yesterday in Freetown.

Kallon, who has brought with her thousands of reading booksand other educational materials for primary school pupils in the country, willalso be launching the ‘ODINSAL Library’ at Magburaka, for children in that partof the country to also benefit from the materials.

“I want to help kids read because I believe the nation willbenefit when young people get the education to make them better citizens,” shesaid, adding that she noticed that reading skill of children in the country ispoor.

Kallon, whose first visit in Sierra Leone was in December2011, said though she was born in the US, the nature of education and the circumstancessurrounding most school going pupils, is reason for her coming home to providesupport.

“While I am here I will be holding reading activities withschool pupils for them to use to reading. I know it is a huge task, but thechallenge is worthwhile because when young people are able to read better, theycan take better decisions in life,” she said.

Kallon said it is not easy in the US, but thinking about herbrothers and sisters in Sierra Leone is reason for her intervention, statingthat the materials which worth millions of Leones will go a long way inbuilding the reading skills of school pupils.

“I am grateful for what I have learned in the US and I planto create lesson plans for schools I visit in Sierra Leone so that they will beable to guide their pupils,” she said, adding that her dream is to see a bettereducational sector in Sierra Leone, as well as available and accessible healthsystem.

She said helping pupils and schools is one of the few waysshe is using to support her mother in her quest to serve her people.

Her mother, Mrs. Kadiatu Kallon- founder of the Old DominionHospital, over the weekend sends Oxygen Concentrators for use at the hospital,the first to have such a number in the east-end of Freetown.

Pointing at the ten Oxygen Concentrators in the hospital,Kallon said people should make use of the opportunities and empower themselves,reiterating further: my mother being a medical practitioner and I being aneducationist, we can best help provide the needed opportunities for people inSierra Leone.

The Managing Director of the Hospital, Ahmed T. Barrie, saidthe concentrators are in high demand in the country and that they will now beable to treat respiratory and other emergency cases to save more lives ofchildren and pregnant women taken to the hospital.

Mrs. Mariatu Sesay, a community member whose son was abeneficiary of some reading books, said she is yet to see a library forchildren in Wellington and that there are no available readings books in mostprimary schools.

“These books will help improve the reading skills of ourchildren,” she said, adding that she hoped Kallon will extend her service to othersectors in society.

“I admire her so much. She is young but unlike others, sheis here with us to help us,” Sesay said.


Yainkain Kallon donating books to one of the primary schools she volunteered to teach in Freetown



Yainkain Kallon learning children of the Wellington Orphanage primary school


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