Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Dr Samura Kamara has told the 49 students leaving for China this week to transform the challenges they face into opportunities as they are bound to go through them in a foreign country.
Talking to the students, the Minister said they are fortunate to be going to China at the time when both countries are celebrating 45 years bi-lateral relations, and said they must be good ambassadors for Sierra Leone in China as they must promote the Sierra Leone culture at all times.
“On behalf of President Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone I want to thank the Chinese government for giving us such high number of scholarships for our students to go and capacitate themselves so they can come back and help develop the country.”
Dr Samura Kamara said when he saw the courses being offered by the students, he was very happy because those are the professionals that the country is looking for to continue developing the nation.
He said the relationship with China has been excellent to the point that China is not hesitating to do anything for Sierra Leone that will develop the nation. He thanked the Chinese Embassy and advised the students to adhere to all the laws of China, urging them to ensure they sell Sierra Leone positively all over China.
Charges d’Affairs of the Chinese Embassy Mr Wang Xingmin said ‘a friend in ebola is a friend indeed’ and China was with Sierra Leone all the way to the end of the virus.
He congratulated the 49 students that were lucky to get this year’s scholarships and admonished them to make use of it and come back and join the train of development in the country.
“I want to advise you that the two countries cultures are different but similar. Pay attention to the culture in China and try to teach your Chinese friends about your own culture so that you can live and enjoy your stay.”
Mr Wang said China has many top class universities and quality lecturers that the students will find excellent to aid their studies. He said they should make good use of the opportunity as hundreds of other Sierra Leonean students wanted this chance but they were not successful.
He wished them well and hoped they will be law abiding and face the challenges positively so that they will enjoy their studies and the culture of China.
The deputy Minister of Education I representing his minister Dr Minkailu Bah said they are happy that the Chinese government has increased the number of scholarships to 50 this year and hoped that the students going this week will be good Ambassadors of Sierra Leone.
“We are extremely pleased with what China has been doing for Sierra Leone and we will continue to support them in our own way because of the fruitful relationship we have.”
The deputy minister said education develops a nation and these scholarship students will come back and add to the professionals in the country.
He stressed that there will be challenges for them as he too faced it when he was a student in Germany, but he overcame all the odds and finished his course with flying colours.
49 students will start leaving on the 1st of September as they will be leaving by batches. 15 of the 49 students are women and all of them were very happy to be going to further their studies and they hope to return and help in the development process of the country.