By Phileas Jusu
The short ceremony, attended by Conference officials, academics and senior government officials was held at the University’s School of Transformative Campus in Brookfields, western Freetown.
Alfred Max Bailor, Snr, was born to “illiterate pagan farmers” on September 20, 1900 in the Rembee Village, Kagboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District. He was the only member of his family that went to school, part of his biography, read at the ceremony by grandson Buffy Bailor, states.
He attended the Rufus Clark Training School in Shenge and later the Albert Academy in Freetown. For over 30 years he served as headmaster in United Methodist schools in Jaiama Nimikoro, Kono and in Rotifunk, Moyamba.
Bailor was active in the UMC; serving on the Board of Christian Education, Finance Committee, among other responsibilities.
In 1948, Bailor received a “Certificate of Honor” from the King of England for a meritorious work in the field of education in Sierra Leone. In 1969, “On the advice of Her Majesty’s Sierra Leone Ministers, and on the occasion of the celebration of the Queen’s birthday, the Queen of England gave orders for the following appointment, “Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order”. At that time, Bailor was serving as Education Secretary in the United Methodist Church, a portion of his biography reads.
The University’s School of Transformative Education is the latest faculty to be certified by Sierra Leone’s Tertiary Education Commission – the body mandated to certify the establishment and approval of faculties of tertiary institutions in the country. The United Methodist University, a brainchild of late Resident Bishop, John Yambasu, is striving to actualize its full potential since it was opened in 2017.