Profile: Saidu Konneh
College scholarship recipient and OVP Community Teacher Saidu Konneh shares his journey from his family farm to teacher training college. I did not expect that I would be able to continue my education beyond high school. Though I wanted to continue to the college level, my family could not afford to continue supporting my education, so I joined them to work on their farm. I worked on the farm until one Saturday when my uncle, Morie Sellu, called me to ask if I would like to become a teacher for OneVillage Partners. At the time, he was a community teacher for OneVillage Partners, and he recommended me as his replacement. The following Monday, I began teaching at a Roman Catholic primary school in Jokibu. Since that day, February 14th, 2011, I have been one of the staff of OneVillage Partners and have received a monthly salary to support myself. Through my hard work, I impressed the OVP Education Coordinator, who helped me enroll in a teaching certificate program. I applied to teacher’s college in nearby Bunumbu and was accepted to work on my teacher certificate training. When I told OVP’s Program Manager that I had been accepted to be trained as a teacher, he had the program pay my college fees. I am now enrolled in the three-year Distance Education course training at the Eastern Polytechnic University branch in Bunumbu. I study hard and pray to God that at the end of the course I will have a good certificate and a good job, so that I will be able to live in a decent condition. I will show my gratitude to OVP by exceeding their expectations in my work and setting a good example for others in my community. After finishing my course, I plan to become a great teacher in my village, Jokibu, and to serve my community and my brothers and sisters by teaching in the village school and conducting extra classes. Thanks to OneVillage Partners for the opportunity to learn, teach, and grow my community!