Gambia, a charitable organization based in UK on Sunday awarded 25 scholarships
to needy students amounting to over D60, 000, at a presentation ceremony held
at the AFET conference hall in Brikama, West Coast Region.
The scholarship package is the eight edition to cover school fees and was awarded to needy beneficiaries from Mindaw Upper Basic, Kabafita Upper and Senior Secondary Schools, Brikama Upper Basic, Jamissa Upper Basic School, Makumbaya, Bafuloto and Kubuneh Lower Basic schools of the West Coast region.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Harmony Gambia programme coordinator, Talibo Saidy, said their aim amongst other things was to complement government’s efforts in the educational sector through the provisions of scholarships to the most deserving needy students.
He advised parents and students to put all hands on deck in a bid to sustain the scholarship, noting that the continuity of the offer would depend on the performance of the students.
‘’We have so many needy students who haven’t yet got opportunities like this, so if you are lucky, you must be grateful,’’ he advised and continued that an assessment of the students’ performance would be conducted every three months.
Speaking on behalf of the Governor West Coast Region, Mamoudou Keita, commended the organisation for what he described as complementing the government’s efforts in providing access and free education to all Gambians.
He added that the education of every Gambian child, particularly the less privileged, was indeed a concern for all and sundry.
He reaffirmed the importance government attached to education for the needy and urged beneficiaries to utilise the money purposefully.
Keita seized the occasion to challenge students to study hard for the sustainability of the scholarship while calling on others to emulate Harmony Gambia.
Lamin Daranka, cluster monitor, Janneh S. Darboe and the president retired teachers association, Adama Faal, all underscored the importance of the scholarship, saying that education is key to success in life.
Government’s role they said was to insure that good teachers and the necessary learning materials are available for students.
They stressed that parents must consult their children concerning their needs before spending unnecessarily.
They called on students to focus on studying hard and refrain from negative social acts while stressing that teachers, parents and students most collaborate for the development of students’ education.
Speaking earlier, Alkalo Alagie Jombong Jawara, called on beneficiaries to put the money into its intended purpose by taking care of the basic school needs while commending Harmony Gambia for the initiative.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Ndey Mboob, commended the sponsors for easing their burden and called on parents to encourage their children to take their education seriously.