A loan of $4,275 helped a member invest the loan in a house building project.

Ahmadiyya Agriculture Secondary School, Newton Group's story

These are teachers of the Ahmadiyya Agriculture Secondary School, Newton, Waterloo. It was built by the Ahmadiyya Mission in 1977 to spread education and the Ahmadiyya faith to the children of the district. It has a total of nineteen staff and 689 pupils. It is a co-educational school. Until last academic year, the school had only Junior Secondary School I – III (JSS I – III). Now, it has been elevated to a Senior Secondary School with only class IV (Senior Secondary School I) for a start.

Ahmadiyya Agriculture Secondary School makes good grades every academic year at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Before its elevation to a senior secondary school, the school has been able to send many pupils to senior secondary schools every academic year.

However, regardless of their good performance at the BECE, Ahmadiyya Agriculture Secondary school faces some major challenges – it lacks a library, a laboratory and a meeting hall.

Since teachers usually receive very meager salaries, many of them find alternate ways of making a living. Some engage in businesses or agriculture, and others have organized extra classes for the pupils (though this is a practice the government is trying to abolish). Teachers are seeking a loan in order to embark on meaningful projects and then, out of their salaries, they will gradually repay the loan.

Alusine H. S. (second row third from right) is the principal of this school. He is fifty-eight years old. He was born in Waterloo, twenty miles from Freetown, and is married with eleven children who attend the Junior Secondary School. He has been a principal of this school for over fifteen years. Alusine will use this loan to buy house building materials like cement, corrugated iron, zincs and steel windows. He told me that this will create a very big impact in his life.

In this group: Alusine A., Sheik I., Mathew , Rev. Ama*, Cornelius T.*, Dennis Y., Philip S., Abu Bakarr , Isata A., Momoh B., Jacob A., Korombo F., Amanda Y., David J.
*not pictured

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