During visits to schools the Trustees became very aware that many pupils had nothing to write on, making it very difficult for teachers to assess their learning, and we discovered that parents have to pay for exercise books.
The Diocese of Freetown produced a business plan proposal to install a printing press in the grounds of the Bishop’s Court in Freetown. This could be used to print exercise books and learning materials for schools. It could also generate income to cover the ongoing costs of printing exercise books by providing a printing service for businesses in the area.
EWA was fortunate enough to be given funds from a donor to build a room and install a printing press. The foundation stone was laid by Penelope in February 2019, and the room is now completed and the press installed. EWA hoped that it would be up and running by summer 2020, but, due to Coronavirus, production has not started yet.