Sierra Leone based Specimen News reporter, Dominic J.J Tucker, is going beyond the call of duty from reporting the status of children’s education in Sierra Leone to providing support for his childhood primary school in Songo Town. Tucker, aka J-Tell, said he was shocked at the moribund state of the classrooms when he visited Jabama Primary School in Songo Town and decided to take action instead of just reporting the news.
“I discussed with the head teacher and promised I will visit the school soon,” he said.
He returned a week later with new blackboards for each classroom and other educational materials for the 365 pupils in the school.
J-Tell is also focusing on building a water well for the community and seeking for support for children in deprived communities and helping the poor and physical challenged.
Agnes Coker, a resident of Songo Town, said the intervention by Tucker not only helped their kids but the whole community.
“Many of the parents cannot afford to buy all of the books for their children but Tucker’s intervention brings smiles to the community,” she said, adding that his action is a message to the others step in and support their community.
With support from Sea Coach Pelican, SL Correctional Services and SL Fire Force, Specimen News, African Young Voices, SLBC TV, Star TV, We Yone TV, Freetown TV, and other agencies, J-Tell is reaching out to other communities blending journalism and philanthropy to change the lives of young people in Sierra Leone.