Yesterday, BADP co-founder and Bumpeh Academy Principal Rashid Conteh passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 44.
Rashid was an absolute rock of the Rotifunk community. Respected by everyone throughout the town for his dedication and work ethic, and revered for his efforts in continually improving Bumpeh Academy.
At many points in the school’s young life, Rashid was single-handedly responsible for pushing developments forward, his infectious passion and determination propelling projects forward and keeping the school in an upward trajectory.
Rashid was a champion of education, and an inspiration to everyone in Rotifunk, a perfect example of overcoming adverse circumstances. Born with a disability that he never used as an excuse, Rashid was driven and bright, leveraging whatever disadvantages he might have had by continually applying to scholarships and higher education designed for those with disabilities. Only one month prior, Rashid successfully defended his doctoral thesis at IPAM University in Public Management in front of a panel of some of Sierra Leone’s pre-eminent public administrators.
Though Rashid is no longer with us, his determination will never be forgotten and his past influence will continue to guide Bumpeh Academy, and BADP, as they both move into new phases. You will be missed Rashid.