Last year, 62% of 9th grade students at Bumpe High School passesd the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) – a public exam taken at Junior High School that qualifies the students to enter Senior High School. The school has implemented a new program involving weekly night study sessions for students from 7-10pm. In rural areas in Sierra Leone most people do not have electricity and cannot afford a generator. With the $3 contributions of students and their parents, the school has provided a generator and daily petrol to provide power during the evening sessions. This was a great investment for families as many cannot easily afford the $3 contribution toward fuel.
As mentioned above, people in the Bumpe community do not have generator light in their villages and the students walk (2-9) miles to BHS, so it was essential that these study sessions provide meals for students to stay focused and productive. Bumpe High School provided $90 towards the provision of a bag of “Gari” a product of cassava, two bags of corn flour, half bag of sugar, three drinking buckets, 48 pieces of cups and spoons.
We have 80 excited students who are enthusiatics about studying every night during the week. The students can boast of food during study and they are excited and zealous to obtain the best grades to be among the high flyers in the country.
It is our hope that we continue to encourage these students in attaining quality education, high academic excellence and to help rebuild Bumpe High School in the future.