On Tuesday 13 August, the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone hosted an evening reception, at his residence, for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship awardees. In attendance were previous scholars who now hold various positions in public life as well as representatives from British Council and Academia.
In his statement, the High Commissioner congratulated the new scholars on their success through the rigorous selection and award process. He expressed his desire to continue using these events to enhance the potential of Chevening networks; to promote efforts to create a strong knowledge base in Sierra Leone and celebrate the historic links between Sierra Leone and the UK.
The awardees were then presented with certificates and a travel package. The two awardees for 2013/14 currently work in the public sector. Solomon Bunting-Caulker works with the Office of National Security in Sierra Leone as Director, Serious Organized Crime Coordination department. He will pursue a Masters degree in International Relations and Security at the University of Birmingham. Joe-Hassan Kalokoh works with the National Social Security Insurance Trust, Sierra Leone’s national pension scheme, as Head Risk Management and Quality Assurance. He will pursue a Masters degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Leicester.
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities across the UK.