Kasamanding, now in eighth grade at the Salikenni school, is one of our most promising students there. She hopes to become a nurse, a choice inspired in part by her friend, Isatou, a nurse at the Salikenni health clinic.
Kasamanding joined SSF in November 2013, one of six girls and six boys admitted in that year’s intake into seventh grade. Among 47 applicants who took SSF’s entry tests, she ranked second among the entire group and first among the girls. During seventh grade in 2013-14 she scored in the 80s and 90s in most of her courses in each of the three terms.
Her father, a Salikenni farmer, is no longer living. Her mother, Mansalley Touray, is in charge of the family compound in the village. Mansalley never went to school. Five of Kasamanding’s older siblings, four brothers and a sister, attended primary school, but went no farther because there was no money to pay their fees. Mansalley strongly supports Kasamanding’s education goals.