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Irish Nuns handing over their educational legacy in Sierra Leone

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Sr Teresa McKeon teaching with Sierra Leone teachers Primary sstudents Cluny School Kono
Sr Teresa McKeon teaching with Sierra Leone teachers Primary sstudents Cluny School Kono

“If I went back to Ireland, they’d put me in a nursing home, I’d die.”

Sierra Leone might bring thoughts of civil war, diamonds or ebola to mind, but for one group of elderly Irish nuns the West African nation is simply home.

It’s predominantly a Muslim country, but the missionary Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny have worked in schools there for over 150 years. The nuns are now working on a handover to local staff with support from Irish educational charity Global Schoolroom.

This story was published in the Irish Mail on Sunday December 30 2018 , and was supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. Read more here about the Fund.

2018 Summer Sierra Leone Education Niamh Griffin