Emmanuel Stafford added “you the student of this college will definitely transformed the face of this country through the various skills that you are going to be trained on and I encourage you all to take your work seriously and aim to go up higher for the development of this nation.”
He reiterated that the students are ambassador that will eventually brandish the flag of this nation high, and encouraged them to work towards excellence in order for them to achieve their numerous dreams.
Educational Consultant, Alex Bangura described the disparity between educated folks and uneducated people, wherein he noted that people with education contributes immensely to national development, as opposed to those that are uneducated, in our society.
Executive Director, Girl Child Network, Anita Koroma said acquiring vocational skills is a way of empower the middle man power, which is a key factor for national development and such situation can salvage the high rate of unemployment in the country.
Acting Headman of Oba Funkia Goderich, Samuel Gray stated that skill people were the backbone of nationbuilding and that other Africa countries are ahead of Sierra Leone today when it comes to development, because of the quality trend of their middle man power. Gray further encouraged Sierra Leoneans to focus and attain skill trainings; a situation he said will address the country’s high rate of unemployment. “People are lusting to attain a university degree, that is good, but one should think that there are limited jobs for limited people in the country, so attain skills and embrace the middle-man power” he landed.
Dress making lecturer, Vida Watson explained that it very important to attain skills and that she had study accounting, before she opted for dress making course in Ghana.
Vida Watson added “when I went to Ghana my friends and family thought I was going to further my studies in accounting when I told them that I am doing dress making they all frown at me, but today I am earning a lot through dress making that I don’t need to wait for job, so with skills job you will never be knocking on doors for job, owing to the fact that you already have one that you are the boss.”
Rev. Dr. Momodu Conteh told students of the first SOS College in Sierra Leone that they are making history, as they are going to change the developmental phase of this country, stating that the college provided what this nation need at this point in time, and the middleman power to drive this country forward, like our West African neighbors.
In the 1970s SOS Children’s Villages initiated its activities in Sierra Leone, and in 1974 children without parental care found a new home in the SOS Children’s Village Freetown. At present, there are three SOS Children’s Villages in Sierra Leone. Children and young people are provided with loving homes, day-care, education, vocational training and medical services.
The SOS strengthens programme support for local families to prevent family break –ups.
The maiden establishment of college in Sierra Leone, introduced Sierra Leone’s to the several SOS colleges in their operating countries.