The Alec Russell Education Trust (ARET) SCIO is a grant giving programme that aims to increase educational attainment for children and young adults living in the developing world. Primarily, although not exclusively, ARET will help to fund projects that improve access to education and increase educational attainment within Sierra Leone.The Trust was established in memory of Alec Russell who, through his philanthropic approach, supported many of the children that he encountered on his travels to improve their own futures. In his honour, ARET provides funding to ensure that his commitment to the advancement of education is continued through the generations of his family.
News from Sierra Leone
Report by Abdulai Sankoh
As the Co-ordinator of the Adonkia Adults’ Educational Trust, which was formally opened by myself on May 18th 2018 and funded by the Alec Russell Educational Trust, I have been privileged to witness the progress a group of vulnerable adults have made in life skills and literacy skills. I have also been privileged to gain their trust and become for many a mentor and confidant. learn more
I first met Alpha at Heaven Homes School and Orphanage in Joetown, Western Rural Area of Sierra Leone. We kept in touch and I am very glad we did. Alpha is ‘the man on the ground’ for the building of Shieldra School and keeps ARET updated with the progress and needs. In my most recent trip I met up with him in his other role of Principal of the Junior Secondary School at Heaven Homes. One thing that strikes you about Alpha is his very gentle manner with the children many of whom are no stranger to trauma and abuse. The children obviously like and respect their tall, gentle Principal. Perhaps his empathy comes from his own experience as a child in the brutal war.
But here is Alpha who tells his own story. learn more
I was not sure what to expect when we visited the Project. I had thought that perhaps we might slip into a class in action and quietly observe the teaching and learning and perhaps we would have time to talk with the teachers and pupils. This did not happen. The class room we were directed to seemed quiet. Perhaps the students were engrossed in their latest learning. No, they were not. learn more