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April 2019

 

Studiengebühren für Sorie und Sento bezahlt – Sento in letztem Studienjahr

 

Im Februar 2019 haben wir erneut die Universitäts- bzw. Collegegebühren für Sento und Sorie bezahlt. Für Sento war es das letzte Mal. Sie befindet sich im letzten Studienjahr und wird Anfang 2020 ihren Abschluss in „Accounting“ an der Njala University machen. Sie schreibt derzeit Klausuren, um das dritte Studienjahr abzuschließen. Sorie hat sich in Absprache mit uns für zwei weitere Jahre am Milton Margai College of Education and Technology entschieden, um ein Higher National Diploma in „Accounting and Finance“ zu machen. Damit erhöht er seine Aussichten auf einen Job um ein Vielfaches. Im Januar hat Sorie den Abschluss National Diploma in „Accounting and Finance“ gemacht.

 

 

Wir sind sehr stolz auf die Entwicklung der beiden ältesten Waisenkinder, die wir im Jahr 2010 als Jugendliche kennengelernt haben und sich inzwischen zu jungen Erwachsenen entwickelt haben. Die Studienberichte der beiden erhalten wir in den kommenden Tagen.

 

 

 

 

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April 2018

 

Studiengebühren für Sento und Examensgebühren für Sorie bezahlt,
Situation an der Njala University  hat sich normalisiert

 

Wie bereits in unserem letzten Projektupdate angekündigt, stellen wir heute den Studienbericht von Sento Kargbo zum Lesen zur Verfügung (siehe unten). Der Studienbericht datiert vom 13. März 2018. Die Streiks der Lehrkräfte sind laut Sentos Auskunft beendet und Vorlesungen und Seminare finden wie gewöhnlich statt. Spannend an Sentos Bericht ist, wie die Parlaments- und Präsidentschaftswahlen den Unialltag beeinflusst haben.

 

Auch für Sento haben wir die Studiengebühren in Höhe von umgerechnet etwa EUR 410,00 für das Studienjahr 2017/18 bezahlt. Sento studiert bereits in ihrem dritten Jahr auf der Njala University in Bo „Accounting“.

 

Im Juni und Juli stehen für Sorie schriftliche Prüfungen an. Die Examensgebühren in Höhe von umgerechnet etwa EUR 40,00 haben wir letzte Woche zur Verfügung gestellt. Wir wünschen beiden weiterhin viel Erfolg beim Studium!

 

 

 

 

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März 2018

 

Bericht von Sento über das Studium an der Njala Universität

 

By Sento Kargbo

 

Njala University College (now Njala University) was established in 1964. Since then, it has served as a major centre for training middle level agricultural extension workers and teachers at secondary school level. The Government of Sierra Leone and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) agreed on a contract to assess the needs for Sierra Leone in Agriculture and Education. Later in 1967, Njala University College became a constituent college of the University of Sierra Leone which comprised of Fourah Bay College (FBC), College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).

 

Due to the outbreak of the rebel war in 1991, Njala University College was relocated to Freetown in January 1995. The College operated in Freetown for close to a decade i.e. 1996-2005. With the promulgation of the University Act 2005, the college, together with the Bo Teachers College, the School of Hygiene and the Paramedical School in Bo, constituted Njala University as an autonomous body. Currently, Njala University is comprised of two campuses, the Bo Campus and Njala Campus. The University has eight Schools: Agriculture, Education, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Technology, Forestry and Horticulture, and Medical Sciences.

 

Njala University was mandated to:

 

  • Encourage the advancement of learning and development of educational, economic, social and ethical standards among the people of Sierra Leone;
  • Endeavour to improve the health and general welfare of the population;
  • Provide instruction for research and dissemination of research result;
  • Grant degrees, diplomas and certificates and such other awards as the University may determine.

 

Njala University is an institution aimed at improving the quality education for the people of Sierra Leone and non-Sierra Leone. They offer a wide range of courses from Teacher Certificate to Ph.D. It was one of the best universities in Sierra Leone with good learning materials and the best lecturers. Everything was going smoothly the time I entered into the university which was in the 2015/2016 academic year. Many things were better than now. The university has been turned into politics. Lecturers are now making banners in support of the SLPP party that is the Sierra Leone Peoples Party. Even in class they asked us to vote the party in so that they can lead Sierra Leone in 2018 election. No student is allowed to wear red because the SLPP party’s colour is green. Red is the party colour of the APC party (All peoples Congress). Whenever you are in red they will think that you are supporting the APC party. If you want to finish your studies successfully you should either stop talking about politics or you support the SLPP.

 

What the university has decided just before the elections is an increase of the university fees for all students at the university. This should lead to a bad image of the then ruling party APC. Not all students will be able to pay such a huge amount of fees. The university authorities told us the last time that we should pay the same amount of fees we paid last year and now they are telling us that the principal, the finance committee and the entire staff of Njala University will come out with the actual amount of fees we are going to pay for third year and final year. First year students have already been informed about the new amount of fees. Second year students and above were asked to wait until further notice. Only then will we know how much we have to pay. In one of our last meetings we were told that every continue student must have a computer if not those without will lack a lot of things. I do not have a computer and I am financially not strong enough to purchase one.

 

 

 

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März 2018

 

Studiengebühren für Sorie bezahlt, Lehrkräfte an der Njala University streiken

 

Ende Januar haben wir die Studiengebühren für Sorie in Höhe von umgerechnet etwa EUR 200,00 für das Studienjahr 2017/18 bezahlt. Sorie studiert bereits in seinem dritten Jahr auf dem Milton Margai College of Education and Technology „Accounting and Finance“ (Rechnungs- und Finanzwesen). Mit seinem Studium begonnen hat er zum Studienjahr 2015/16. Im ersten Jahr graduierte er mit einem National Technical Certificate (NTC). Seit dem Studienjahr 2016/17 macht er sein Diplom (National Diploma). Im kommenden Jahr wird er seinen Abschluss machen.

 

Voraussetzung dafür, dass wir als Förderverein die Studiengebühren bezahlen, sind kurze Studienberichte. Sorie schreibt in seinem Betrag (siehe unten; nur Englisch) über seine Ausbildung in seinem zweiten Jahr auf dem College, besondere Herausforderungen und wie er diese löst.

 

Sento, das zweite Waisenkind, dessen Ausbildung wir unterstützen, studiert nach wie vor „Accounting“ (Rechnungswesen) auf der Njala Univerity in Bo. Allerdings streiken dort Lehrkräfte bereits seit Monaten, weil die Regierung deren Gehälter nicht bezahlt. Vorlesungen und Seminare finden deshalb nur ad hoc statt. Wir wünschen allen Studierenden und Lehrkräften, dass sich die Situation an der Universität nach den Wahlen zum Positiven verändert.

 

Ihren Studienbericht hat Sento dennoch schon vorbereitet. Wir werden ihn sobald wie möglich auf dieser Seite veröffentlichen.

 

 

 

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März 2018

 

Bericht von Sorie über das Studium am Milton Margai College, Freetown

 

By Sorie Dumbuya

 

My name is Sorie Dumbuya, I am 26 years of age. I am reading Accounting and Finance at diploma level at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), Congo Cross Campus, Freetown. This diploma programme is a two years course. I started it in the 2016/17 academic year and I am now in the final year of it which is the 2017/18 academic year. At the end of the diploma programme I am required to write the National Council for Technical Vocational and other Academic Awards (NCTVA) examinations which is an external examination.

 

It is really a great experience for me studying at the MMCET although I have been facing a lot of difficulties and some of these difficulties I am still facing them. Among the difficulties I am facing at campus is buying and photocopying of pamphlets (lecture notes). Most of the lecturers at the MMCET Congo Cross campus do not give lecture notes to students free of charge nor do they provide photocopies. Instead, the lecturers sell their notes to students. If a lecturer sells his or her lecture notes, he or she takes a record of all the students that bought the notes. The names and identification numbers of the students that paid for it is recorded in a special book which some of these lecturers sometimes call “the book of hope”. Some lecturers are very strict. Students who do not buy their lecture notes are not allowed to attend their lectures. Others handle it less strict and allow students to attend their lectures even if they do not buy the lecture notes. But some of these lecturers ignore or underrate students who did not buy their notes when it comes to the continuous assessment (tests, class participation, assignments etc.) which counts 30% of the final grade. In other words: they do not give these students grates. In short, students who do not buy lecture notes from teachers will always be disadvantaged no matter how well they perform. Lecturers keep on doing these practices although it is against the rules and regulations of the college.

 

Another common practice is that lecturers dictate their lecture notes in class for students to write it down or that hand it over to a class representative so that all the students can make a photocopy of it. They are a very positive example because they never ask for money. They also treat all students equal for example in the continuous assessment.

 

Another problem that I was facing is transportation. I already faced this problem during the time I did my certificate (NTC) programme in 2016/16 academic year. I found it also difficult at the start of my diploma programme. It was really not easy for me to attend lectures from Wellington in the far east end of Freetown to Congo Cross in the west of the city at 8:00 am to 3:30 pm every day from Monday to Friday. Usually, I had to wake up at 5:00 am or latest 5:30 am to attend classes at 8:00 am. At that time, I was only giving Le 10.000 [~ EUR 1,30] per day for transportation and lunch. From Wellington to my campus at Congo Cross every day, I had to spend at least Le 8.000 for transportation alone. With the remaining Le 2.000 I had to decide what to do with it. Very often I had to decide whether I buy lunch or I invest it in photocopies. To be sincere, sometimes I was only given Le 5.000 a day or even nothing. In this case, I did not even have lunch.

 

It is because of some of the difficulties mentioned above that prompted me to meet a colleague of mine to help me with accommodation. My colleague stays in Tengbe Town which is very close to the college. Later on his family accepted me to stay with them. At the end of February 2017 I transferred from Wellington to Tengbe Town. I am very grateful for that because I do not need to get up as early as before and I do not spend that much for transportation as before. Today I can sleep until 7:00 am instead of 5:00 am. My colleagues’ family treat me like a family member. They are always there for me and they even support me with food and other things.

 

I am also grateful for the assistance of the Förderverein and its sponsors for being so supportive to me and also to the entire orphanage children in Madina, Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia District. Above all, I am thankful to Rev. James Bai Bangura, his wife Mummy Alice and the entire Bangura family for taking care of me since I was a little child. All these people have contributed to education of the children at MECH and to the development of the orphanage. I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and I hope that you will continue supporting us.

 

 

 

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Mai 2017


Studiengebühren für Sento und Sorie

 

Sowohl Sento („Accounting“ an der Njala Universität in Bo) als auch Sorie („Accounting and Finance“ am Milton Margai College in Freetown) studieren mittlerweile im zweiten Jahr. Die Zwischenergebnisse nach dem ersten Studienjahr lassen darauf schließen, dass beide ihr Studium mit viel Fleiß und Ehrgeiz bestreiten. Von Beiden haben wir kürzlich Studienberichte über das erste Jahr an der Universität erhalten (siehe unten).

 

Als Lohn für ihre guten Leistungen haben wir als Förderverein die Studiengebühren für das zweite Studienjahr finanziert – für Sento umgerechnet etwa EUR 350,00 und für Sorie umgerechnet etwa EUR 200,00. Beiden wünschen wir weiterhin viel Erfolg für das Studium.

 

 

 

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April 2017

 

Bericht von Sorie über das Studium am Milton Margai College, Freetown

 

By Sorie Dumbuya

 

My name is Sorie Dumbuya. I am a student of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) in Freetown. I am twenty-five (25) years of age and I live at 2C Cotton Street, Peacock Farm, Wellington, Freetown.

I have been given the opportunity to read ‘Business Studies’ at Certificate level. Really, it has been a great pleasure and I am proud to be a Miltonian because the College has produced sound elites like Mrs. Olyinka D. Sylvia Blyden. She started her educational career at this college. As a student, I went through rigorous and fine times as well. For instance, coping with colleagues, lecturers, transportation fare, lunch, etc.

 

Transportation was one of my main challenges during my course of study. Normally, I woke up very early in the morning (at 5:00 am) so that I will be able to match up with time for classes. I have Le 10.000 [≈ EUR 1,30] per day available for transportation and lunch. Sometimes the money was not enough so I had to walk long distances to get home. I went through some hard times but I thank God for some of my colleagues as they are always there for me when I need them and I am always grateful for that.

 

Another factor affecting me was lunch. Honestly, I starved myself more often than usual. I woke up at 5:00 am in the morning every day and sometimes did not eat until the evening hours. Most time not because I did not have the money to buy food. But if I had used the money to buy food, there would have been no money for my return home. I also had to photocopy lecture notes every day. So I had to decide whether I spend my money for the photocopies of notes, for transportation in order to get home or for lunch. All at the same time was never possible.

 

Photocopying was another challenge I faced during my Certificate course. The lecturers were just giving us a lot of materials to photocopy. Some of them just used that as an option instead of lectures. What they do is just to give the lecture notes to the class representative so everyone can photocopy them. And if a student fails to photocopy, he/she is not allowed to attend classes for this particular class. But again, I must say thanks to God for some of my colleagues who were always willing and ready to help me in times of need. Some of them photocopied materials for me even in my absence.

 

Again, there were some students who wanted me to be part of their college club. That was really not easy for me to withstand. Praise to God for always being on my side in order to withstand these huddles.

 

Honestly, it was and still is a great experience to study. It is very nice to be among colleagues who are trying to make a pathway to their future. And also to me it is a blessing in disguise to be lectured by these experienced lecturers. I must be grateful for that.

 

On behalf of Rev. Bai Bangura, I thank you [the Förderverein] for supporting me through this level. I am really grateful for all that you have done for me. I pray that the almighty God blesses you for your relentless efforts towards my future. You have really given me hope in realizing my dreams. I wonder without you how I would be able to realize my dreams. So again on behalf of all the orphanage children at Madina, I say many thanks to you.

 

 

 

 

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Januar 2017

 
Bericht von Sento über die Njala Universität

 

Njala University Report

By Sento Kargbo

 

Njala University is a Government institute aim at providing quality education for the people of Sierra Leone and even students from other countries. They offer a wide range of courses from TC (Technical Certificate) to PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). Founded in 1964, Njala University became part of the University of Sierra Leone which included FBC (Fourah Bay College), IPAM (Institute of Public Administration and Management), COMAHS (College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences) and Njala University itself in 1972. In 2005, it became independent again. The Njala University has three campuses – in Njala, Bo and Freetown. The main campus is in Njala.

 

Njala University has eight schools:

-       School of Education

-       School of Community Health Services

-       School of Social Sciences

-       School of Agriculture

-       School of Environmental Sciences

-       School of Technology

-       School of Forestry and Horticulture

-       School of Post-Graduate Studies

 

They operate on a 3 points basis and a student will repeat the academic year if he or she fails to get the passing grade which is 3 points. Students will drop out of the programme if he or she scores less than 2 points. I love the university because they have a conductive learning environment with facilities such as hostels, electricity, water, library, photocopying centres and refreshment centres. They also have enough landscape to even lodge a technical vocational institute (tec-voc). The lecturers are highly committed to their work. The university is against lazy students and encourages hard working students. The lecturers are effective and efficient. They always make sure that no student will go home without taking any lectures for the day. In my department, which is B.Sc. Banking & Finance, two lecturers are entitled to a module (subject).The lecturers love hard-working students who do their assignments and who participate in class. They organise presentations and debates among students and between the different departments. At the end of every topic, they conduct tests and assignments before starting a new topic.

 

The students also organise games among themselves at the campus like beauty pageants in which every department send a representative to participate and the winner will be given a certificate, prize and a compensation fee. We also have an association called “Social Science Students Association” (SOSSA) to which every student register with a sum of 15.000 Leones (2,00 Euro). This money will be used for the welfare of the students. At the end of the semester, each student will be given a form to assess the lecturers based on how they delivered and on how best the student understood the lecturers’ message and the like.

 

We attend lectures every day on campus except on Sunday which is the Sabbath day. About 80% of all students use the day to go to church.

 

When there is no lecturer present, some students take out their books to read and to highlight areas that were not understood during the lecture, other go to the library to find notes etc.

 

Some students stay in the hostels on campus, some stay in the community and some stay far away from the campus. Students pay between 4.000 and 10.000 Leones (0,50 – 1,50 Euro) for transportation to the campus every day. The living costs for students staying in the hostels and in the community are very high. Accommodation is difficult to find. Students staying in the community pay up to 900.000 Leones (120,00 Euro) rent per annum for a single room. Some pay up to 1.000.000 Leones (135,00 Euro) for a well-furnished room (per annum). I prefer staying in the community because the noise in the hostels especially during the night is sometimes too much. This is also the reason why some students lodging in the hostels often visit their friends in the community to study there.

 

To end my report, I think Njala University is one of the most popular university and the most successful university in Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

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August 2016

 

Besuch bei Sento an der Njala Universität in Bo.

 

 

 

 

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19. April 2016

 

Sento bei ihrer Immatrikulation-Zeremonie an der Njala Univertity in Bo/Sierra Leone

 

Sento Kargbo

 

 

 

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28. Februar 2016

 

Anschubfinanzierung für Sento und Sorie

 

Mittlerweile haben beide ihr Studium aufgenommen.

Für Sento bedeutet der Beginn des Studiums nun auch, zum allerersten Mal vertrautes Umfeld zu verlassen und den Schritt in die Selbstständigkeit zu wagen. Aufgewachsen im Waisenhaus MECH, kam Sento vor etwa 3 Jahren nach Freetown, um die Hochschulzugangsberechtigung zu erwerben. Hier lebte sie, wie auch Sorie, mit den biologischen Kindern von Herrn und Frau Bangura zusammen, wodurch für sie der Schritt in die große Stadt nicht ganz so schwierig war. Nun aber muss sie sich in Bo, der zweitgrößten Stadt in Sierra Leone, ein eigenes soziales Umfeld schaffen – hier kennt sie niemanden. Die Verwirklichung ihres Traumes, also der Beginn eines Studiums und somit der beruflichen Karriere, war zunächst mit dem Umzug nach Bo verbunden: Wohnungssuche, Transport des persönlichen Hab und Guts, neue, fremde Mitbewohnerinnen, Selbstverwaltung des Geldes, das ihr zur Verfügung steht etc. Der Beginn ihres Studiums bedeutet vor allem auch Neuorientierung, was durchaus mit Stress verbunden sein kann. Der Anspruch an ein Universitätsstudium ist sehr hoch. Vorteilhaft ist es, sich schnell Gleichgesinnte zu suchen, sich zusammenzuschließen und gemeinsame Lerngruppen zu bilden. Um Sento den wichtigen Beginn des Studiums so einfach wie möglich zu machen, haben wir als Förderverein sie diese Woche mit einer Studienanschubfinanzierung von EUR 100,00 unterstützt. Das Geld soll v.a. für den Kauf von Unimaterialien (Ordner, Schreibpapier, Bücher etc.) verwendet werden, ihr aber auch bei der Ausstattung ihres Zimmers mit Besteck, Tassen, Teller, Becher, Kochtöpfe etc. helfen.

 

Da Sorie weiterhin bei der Familie in Freetown lebt – wodurch ihm keine Kosten für Unterkunft und Verpflegung anfallen – haben wir ihn mit einer Anschubfinanzierung von EUR 50,00 unterstützt. Beide haben sich bei der Übergabe des Geldes sehr gefreut und lassen ganz liebe Grüße an alle ausrichten, die sich gemeinsam mit uns für die Waisenkinder engagieren!

 

 

 

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11. Februar 2016

 

Studiengebühren für zwei Waisenkinder bezahlt

 

Sento und Sorie (siehe Bilder unten) sind die beiden ältesten Waisenkinder und leben mittlerweile mit den Söhnen der Familie Bangura in der Hauptstadt Freetown. Vergangenes Jahr erwarben beide die Hochschulzugangsberechtigung in Sierra Leone. Ebenso bewarben sich beide erfolgreich um einen Universitätsplatz. Sento wird auf der renommierten Njala Universität in Bo „Accounting“ (Buchhaltung und Rechnungswesen) studieren. Sorie hat bereits sein Studium der Betriebswissenschaften auf dem Milton Margai College in Freetown aufgenommen. Wir gratulieren zu dieser tollen Leistung und wünschen beiden eine erfolgreiche Studienzeit!

 

Sento Kargbo    Sorie Dumbuya

 

Um unserem Stolz auf Sento und Sorie zusätzlich Ausdruck zu verleihen, haben wir als Förderverein die Studiengebühren für das erste Studienjahr finanziert (für Sento umgerechnet etwa EUR 400,00; für Sorie etwa EUR 130,00).

 

Wir halten zudem Ausschau nach möglichen Patenschaften bzw. Stipendien für Sento und Sorie. Beide benötigen für ihre Studierendenzeit jeweils etwa EUR 150,00 pro Monat für Unterkunft, Versorgung, Studienmaterialien und Fahrtkosten zur Universität. Bitte schreiben Sie uns gerne über das Kontaktformular an, falls Sie Interesse haben, einen der beiden Jugendlichen zu unterstützen oder wenn Sie uns entsprechende Kontakte vermitteln können. Vielen Dank!

 

 

 

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