Shaking Hands with a Princess
10 members of the Youth Action Club based at Tom Linson High School in Makiteh, Port Loko, were among the privileged group of Restless Development volunteers and staff who met Princess Anne during a state visit to Sierra Leone last week. The Princess was on a week long tour of West Africa taking in Sierra Leone and Ghana. As a recipient of DFID funding, Restless Development was approached by the British High Commission to showcase some of our peer-to-peer education techniques promoting youth sexual and reproductive health. Six drama volunteers performed a ten minute skit exploring some of the causes and consequences of teenage pregnancy. Following this, the Princess circulated around the room talking to groups of staff, volunteers and students about their experiences and their work.
Teacher Augustine Marah said ‘This has been a fantastic experience for my students. They had heard of the Queen of England and now they have met her daughter. For some of them this is the first time they have visited Freetown and stayed in a hotel. This experience has really widened their horizons.’
Restless Development’s Finance and Administration Officer Jestina Simba was one of the staff who attended the event. Jestina said, ‘I was so excited to have the opportunity to meet a member of the royal family. I’ve never made any royal before, let alone one from the United Kingdom. I would not have missed the experience for the world.’
Below is a picture of HRH Princess Anne speaking with Restless Development staff and volunteers.