This past Saturday (June 16th) commemorated The Day of the African Child. The day honors the hundreds of school children shot down by riot police in South Africa, 1976, as thousands of students marched for improvements in the quality of their education.
One of the most disheartening aspects of Sierra Leone life is the quality of education. Adult illiteracy affects over 60% of the population. There are many factors that contribute to this statistic and improving education here will never be an easy fix, but I’m hopeful that change is taking place.
Even though Saturday was not a school day, many of the school children from the local village of Komahun came to the gate. It was good to interact with the children and, in honor of Children’s Day, they sang a song and we offered some sweets in return.
Tim, who is one of our new geologists from South Africa, quickly drew a crowd teaching new funny sayings and hand gestures to the kids.
A day to remember the African child.