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President Bio Commits to 2030 Education Goal for Girls

By: State House Media and Communications Unit

Keeping true to his commitment to girls’ education, His Excellency President Brigadier General (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio has on Tuesday 17th April 2018 committed his government to a new global goal of achieving 12 years of quality education for all girls by 2030 during a meeting at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Centre in London.

In a statement at a meeting organised by the Commonwealth Women’s Forum on the theme “Towards a Common Future – An Empowered Future for Women and Girls”, President Bio told the audience that: “Education creates vast opportunities for any country to reduce unfair income distribution, increase choices for all and create a strong ladder of opportunities for all. We all agree that education creates awareness and helps to sustain democracy and peace.”

Amongst the benefits of educating girls, President Bio also mentioned that educating girls delivered large health benefits as educated women have fewer children and the children they do have are healthier. He went on: “I therefore commit my new Government to deliver 12 years of Good quality education by 2030. I commit to ensuring that Girls, Children with Disability and other Disadvantaged Groups have Equal Opportunities to complete the full cycle of Primary and Secondary Education.”

“I am making this commitment to Action because I firmly believe that Free education is the bedrock for sustainable development and long-term peace. By this Action we are fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, i.e “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” President Bio ended.

The 2030 new vision for Education is part of the Girls’ Education Framework working towards ensuring that girls in Commonwealth receive quality education and have the skills they need to lead and succeed. The commitment by President Bio demonstrates the seriousness his Government attaches not only  to education but specifically to girls’ education.

©State House Media and Communications Unit

Carol Service, 2017

We are really sorry to let you know that we will not be holding our usual carol service on the 1st Sunday of December. Regretfully, the Trustees will be unable to meet, greet and thank our supporters and friends this year. Hopefully, the carol service will be re-instated in 2018.

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous and happy New Year!

1st Holtspur Scouts donate chairs to Sierra Leone Primary School

REC Hamilton Primary School in Sierra Leone have received a donation of chairs from the 1st Holtspur Scout Troop in Beaconsfield.

The Scouts troop, led by Heather Brown, are really excited that their chairs are being used in a new home.

The scouts on a hike

The scouts on a hike

The troop using the chairs in a 'Circle of Trust' exercise

The troop using the chairs in a ‘Circle of Trust’ exercise

Build on Books donate books to REC Primary School

In 2016, our Patron, Dame Linda Dobbs, supported TLBPET in forming two new partnerships, Build on Books and Book Aid International.

Subsequently, Build on Books in a recent shipment, donated 20 boxes of books which were distributed to the Rural Education Community Primary School.

Boxes of donated books
Earlier, the Trust had commissioned a lockable, mobile book cabinet for each classroom to house these and other books. The cabinets were completed in February 2017. However, with the Head Teacher’s discretion, presently they are not operational because the classrooms/windows need to be made secure. Through further funding provided by the Trust, work is being undertaken to complete this part of the project.
Boxes of donated books

TLBPET Annual Carol Service – Sunday December 11th 2016

Friends and supporters gathered once more at the Norbury Baptist Church for the annual carol service on December 11.

Despite the absence of the host Pastor, David Coram, and the guest singer, Jojo Philips, due to illness, we opened the Christmas season with joyful and lusty renditions of many old favourite carols under the musical leadership of Derek Vincent on the piano.

Once again we were grateful for the numerous individuals who agreed to be readers, patrons and collect the offertory.  Several others kindly stepped in at the last moment for those delayed by illness or traffic; namely—Princess George, Beverley Bowen, and Christiana Hyde.

Revd William George ably conducted the service once again.

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Cecilia Thomas’ moving address drew parallels between the work she and her colleagues have been doing among vulnerable young people in London and the impact of the Trust’s work with schools in Sierra Leone.

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The latest version of our newsletter was distributed at the event and hard and soft copies are still available.  There was a lot to celebrate this year—two book shipments to the school in Hamilton and excellent results on the Primary School Leaving Examination.

Members of the congregation gave generously and with the addition of donations from those who were not able to attend, we hope to surpass the £1000 we raised last year.

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Annual Carol Service 2016

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust is holding its annual carol service at 3:00 pm on Sunday 11th December at the Norbury Baptist Church, Semley Road, London SW16 4PS. 

As always, we would like you, your family and friends to join us for carols, hot drinks and mince pies.  It is always a friendly, relaxing and fun event and a good opportunity to keep you informed on what the Trust has been doing.

The funds raised from this event will go towards stocking classroom libraries in the school in Hamilton Village that we are in partnership with.  With the help of BookAid we were able to make a delivery of books to the school this summer and another shipment of books and toys will be delivered in November; this time in collaboration with Build on Books. We were able to raise £1000 last year from the collection and generous donations from supporters and friends, and with your support, would love to match or exceed that amount this year.

You will be updated when the programme is finalised but in the meantime ask that you please put the date firmly in your diaries.  Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 11th December at 3:00 pm.  

Many thanks.


CS flyer 2016

Carol Service Flyer 2016


Carol Service on Sunday 13th December 2015



The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust is holding its carol service this year at 3:00 pm on Sunday 13th December 2015 at Norbury Baptist Church, Semley Road, London SW16 4PS.  We would love you and your family to join us for carols, hot drinks and mince pies.  The funds raised from this event will go towards setting up classroom libraries in the primary school in Hamilton Village that we are working in partnership with.  Please come along and join us.


TLBPET Family Fun Day 2015

TLBPET Family Fun Day has taken place, Saturday 18th July 2015, 11:00am to 6:00pm!

As the event took place during the summer holidays, it benefited from the presence of friends, relatives and visitors with close links to The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust.

Indeed, the event was well-attended with a truly multi-cultural and international crowd – people came from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Switzerland, Reading, Birmingham, Oxford and of course all parts of London, all in support of TLBPET and the work we undertake.


 Multi-cultural and international crowd

The event was organised in partnership with the University Academy of Engineering (UAE) in Southwark. The term’s work ‘Our World’ Module included work for the Family Fun Day and Sierra Leone. Staff and pupils enthusiastically embraced the study of all aspects of Sierra Leone, and all efforts, enthusiasm and wonderful ideas evolved to make the theme of the term’s work ‘Our World’, become reality.


Posters designed by UAE Students advertising TLBPET 2015 FFD.



FFD Posters designed by UAE Students

The ‘leaders’ were Sharon Kelly (teacher), Rachel, Kamal, Yaseem and Sasha (pupils).

Here, we must mention Jane Rowlands, (Head Teacher) and Dan Smith (Business Manager) whom without their permission and diligence, the event could not have taken place.


Taking a break from a hectic afternoon, the Trustees unite for a group photo! 


There were many opportunities and activities for children to participate in, such as novelty races including sack race, egg and spoon race, three-legged race, penalty shootout.

TLBPET FFD 2015 HD Time-Lapse Video Highlights


The Fusball and Table Tennis together with Minecraft build-off were very popular as was the Lucky Dip and the Bouncy Castle, manned throughout the day by Leslie Leigh.


A small group of UAE students ran one of the most successful stands of the day selling home-made snacks and drinks at the same time having great fun.

UAE Students Stall


UAE Students Stall


Our supporters were very generous, we received many different donations that we were able to raffle on the day.

The prizes ranged from makeover sessions, Mary Kay Voucher, two tickets to the next Nostalgia Night, books by Sierra Leoneans, pottery, a wall clock, a 30 minute trial flying lesson donated by Pilot Flight Training, flying over beautiful Oxfordshire in one of their light aircrafts and many others.

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There was a good selection of children’s prizes, including Lego – expand the battle, Connect 4, Frozen Glitter Puzzle, etc.


As always at the Family Fun Day, there were a wide variety of foods being sold on the day – including the traditional homemade ginger beer – donated by Alafia Gabbidon.

 Food on the day

Popular Sierra Leone dishes, Jolloff rice, chicken stew, “beench” with all the trimmings, vied with barbecue chicken and pork, curry goat, rice and peas, slices of fish, rice sticks, sandwiches, sweets and crisps, providing a wide range of  eating experiences, which went down very well with children and adults alike.


Video of FFD Stall Holders

There was a sweet stall, run by one of our supporters, Donna Cox. Bologie plants, tenderly grown and nurtured by Gussie Harleston, Rita Elba and Joyce Joko-John (supporters of our charity) and were sold on the day with the stall manned by Christiana Hyde.

Bologie Plants


Delicious Cakes!

Joyce Joko-John, made and donated her usual ‘Rice Bread’, a firm favourite with everyone not only Sierra Leoneans! A variety of delicious cakes from Saf Samura, Dilia Laux (Casho Macauley’s daughter), and Sydnella Terry, Lottie’s sister, who never fails to support our Family Fun Day, with the ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ competition, a sponge cake this year: won by one of the day’s volunteers – Sebastian, with a guess of 3.1 kg, closest to the actual weight of 3.35 kg.


UAE Students creating their own playlist

DJ Lorin, was our DJ on the Day.  He was fantastic from start to finish, encouraging the young people to get involved, choosing their own choice of music. He played appropriate hit after hit playing music for the audience that kept people dancing if they chose, or just happily enjoying in the background as they sat, walked around or chatted with their friends.


The Fadojutimi singing sisters, Lola and Folake, are talented girls from Essex.  They began singing to gospel tunes in their local church and competing in talent shows.  They have since moved on to performing a variety of tracks and covers of many soul, pop, R’n’B greats including Etta James’ At Last and Judy Boucher, Can’t be without you Tonight, in various charity events including TLBPET Family Fun Day.


Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim

Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim, generously sprinkled some glamour over proceedings. A vibrant entrepreneur and model, she demonstrated her affinity for the charity and children in her opening speech. Her philosophy in life is, “if I can do it, anyone can”! When she is not giving back to the community in her monthly soup kitchens, she is championing the causes affecting women and young children.  She is passionate about helping those less fortunate to change their lives.


Video of Usifu Jalloh, Africa’s Cow Foot, performing at TLBPET FFD 2015

Cow Foot Prince, Usifu Jalloh - Storyteller

Usifu Jalloh, Africa’s Cow Foot, performed his traditional, energetic and deeply inspiring mix of drumming, singing and music which captivated the audience and encouraged some women and children to show off their ‘Gumbe dancing skills’ for all to see – with no shame or embarrassment, just pure enjoyment!


The Mayor of Southwark

The Family Fun Day was graced with the presence of The Mayor of Southwark, Honourable Dora Dixon-Fyle, dressed in her mayoral regalia. She joined us in the middle of the afternoon, chatted with guests, went on a brief tour of the school and sampled the food and local drinks (ginger beer) being sold. We are very grateful for the Mayor taking time out in her very busy schedule to join us.


Young People Take The Floor!

Amongst the various activities that took place at the Family Fun Day, we had our own celebrity dancers – Diandra, Lorna and Racquelle. Three young girls who confidently performed their routine – it was amazing to watch them. They not only performed this as an act which they had been rehearsed, but it was wonderful that these three young girls could create an atmosphere for the children in the audience to feel able and freely join them!


One young student, Kevin, was so moved by the Family Fun Day, he wanted his feelings and happiness expressed openly!

Video Feedback from UAE Student Kevin


What would we do without our able and ever willing volunteers – Linda Thomas, Asha Leigh, Victoria and David Akeredolu who were stalwarts from start to finish.

The clearing up process, always needs many hands and on this occasion to hand were Emile and Lisa Richards, Leslie Leigh, Asha Leigh (no relation).

A BIG Thank You to everyone who in various ways contributed to making the 2015 Family Fun Day a huge success.

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