Mr Soumah was born in Dubreka 2 kilometers away from Ecole d’application where he is currently one of the senior teachers. During his teaching career, Mr Soumah has seen many teachers and headteachers come and leave the school due to non-payment of salary, poor working condition, lack of amenities, low morale and the pressure for not having many teachers for the children.
Dubreka is a community orientated city, people value togetherness and living in harmony. Mr Soumah considers most of the children that come through the school as family, loyal to the city where he was born, Mr Soumah chooses to stick with the school and provide his services despite the issues with day to day running of the school.
When URBOND approached Eecole d’application in 2019 to provide some assistance and support to the school, Mr Soumah found this very moving especially coming from UK based organisation. With this working partnership, Mr Soumah believe that teachers could consider working with rural schools as opposed to moving to the capital city to work in private schools. Some of our students come all the way from little villages surrounding Dubreka, traveling as far as 10km. With the partnership with URBOND we will be able to make their everyday journey worthwhile and do our best to provide them and the rest of the students a good quality education. Working with URBOND has given us positive energy and hope for a better future for the children. The support from URBOND has so far been the greatest thing that has happen to our school.