While the original plan was targeting some eight hundred pupils residing in the constituency, the project has been extended to accommodate other pupils from various constituencies, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to three thousand two hundred thousand.
The total cost over one year period for the educational project launched by the Honorable Member of Parliament is four hundred and seventy two million, seven hundred thousand Leones (Le472,700,000).
The remedial classes actually started about a week ago but officially launched over the weekend at a grand occasion attended by various district, zonal and constituency stakeholders in Bo District.
During the launch at the Native Administration (NA) Court Barry, Hon. Vandy said the project was conceived and launched to support the educational advancement of his people in addition to complementing the New Direction Free Education Scheme.
The SLPP MP said the classes are focused on the Sciences and French which continue to pose major challenge to the pupils.
According to him, the project also encompasses in-service training for teachers in the Sciences and French to boost their capacities to educate the pupils accordingly.
The pupils, he said, will not only benefit from teaching but also learning materials including books and geometry sets.
Hon. Vandy disclosed that he has already purchased some nine hundred and forty dozen books for the pupils at Twenty Two Million Leones (Le22,000,000), plus 2,800 geometry sets.
The in-service training for teachers in the primary sector, he continued, is costing him some Forty Two Million, Six Hundred Thousand Leones (Le42,600,000).
According to the SLPP MP, the ambitious project is expected to receive the backing of banks, philanthropists and other institutions for the benefit of the country.
He said the project has hired the services of fifty five teachers.
The intervention of the MP has been met with cheerful responses from the constituents and stakeholders in the district. Zonal Chairman, District Chairmen, Council Authorities have all expressed satisfaction and appreciation over the work of the MP, who they now describe as ‘MP Talk and Do’.
Apart from the educational support being provided by the MP, the constituents are also enjoying various other support packages from their representative including sports and road rehabilitation interventions.
At the launch of the remedial class project, Hon. Keikura Vandy also made football donation to some ten schools taking part in the school league and working tools for the rehabilitation of community roads. The schools receive ten full sets of football jazzy, fourteen footballs and four volley balls.
For the 19 zones under his constituency, MP Vandy donated six shovels, two pick axes, two mattocks, a bag of rice plus le300,000 to each of the 19 zones in Constituency 088.
The MP called on the constituents to judiciously utilise the donated items as according to him, they will have to give account of how the tools were utilized.
The road rehabilitation donation amounted to some twenty nine million Leones.