Sierra Leone News: Financial gulf between robotic team and dream
In room 300 on the fourth floor of Leone Building on Wilberforce Street, sits the future of Sierra Leone robotic engineering. The room is full of teenagers and young people glued to computer monitors fiddling with their keyboards with exhilarating concentration.
Amongst these geeks, is the team of five that represented Sierra Leone in the just concluded 2017 First Global Robotics Challenge in Washington DC.
However, the ambition to become Sierra Leone’s next Captain William Henry Richards – the father of robotics – would be nothing but a fleeting illusion if their financial needs are not met on time.
Two of the team from Washington have received scholarship offers at the African Leadership University in Kigali, which is a new university grooming African leaders. The students would pursue computer science and engineering in the robotics field.
Saati explained that the two members admitted to the university in Kigali were chosen because of their passion and skills in changing the narrative of Africa.
The other two teammates would go to San Francisco. However, “the San Francisco scholarship has not been confirmed…” explained the team leader, Vandy Amos Saati. The two who want to go to San Francisco were scouted at the robotics challenge in Washington.