29 December 2012
For over a decade, Miriam has been central to developing the provision of education in Sierra Leone after the devastation of ten years of civil war.
She has made great strides in helping to re-build the country’s education system and has given hope to hundreds of young victims of the brutal conflict.
After teaching in a number of schools in the UK, Miriam came to Sierra Leone and single handedly drove forward the project ‘EducAid’ – raising funds and providing free education and a daily meal for over 1600 pupils.
Many of the pupils were orphans or former child soldiers.
Miriam has also established a thriving women’s support project, a teacher training centre and an international scholarship award scheme.
She has done much to promote relationships on many levels, between the UK and Sierra Leone; most notable is her work in facilitating educational and cultural interchanges between pupils in Sierra Leone and the UK.
Well known locally and respected, she has stayed the course in Sierra Leone, despite daily hardships, where many foreign citizens would have easily packed up and gone home.
On learning of her award, Miriam said: “This is exciting for EducAid and an opportunity for all to see the great commitment of the EducAid team. We passionately believe in the power of education to overcome poverty and look forward to many more years of seeing young people’s lives transformed as they learn.”
Sadly, Alhassan Lansana Sesay, Miriam’s husband, whose tireless efforts in helping Miriam accomplish her ambition in Sierra Leone, is not here today to celebrate Miriam’s achievement. He passed away on 6th August 2009, whilst on holiday in Sierra Leone.