Jow Memorial Academy recently organised the 2nd edition of their annual Culture
Day in the most eye catching, enticing and entertaining cultural display on
The cultural jamboree held at the school ground brought together students and teaching staff alike – proudly dressed in their respective cultural attires to showcase their cultural heritage.
Each ethnic group gave a historical background of their own; coupled with unique and spectacular cultural performances.
Proudly dressed in her traditional “Wollof” attire while addressing the gathering, the principal of the school, Sukai Secka Secka said the occasion was exemplary and auspicious, noting that learning goes beyond the classrooms and that a positive revolution of peaceful education through culture can become the pioneer of culture in educational programmes in schools.
“This is why we celebrate Culture Day in CJMA,” she said.
According to her, culture can play a vital role in our new found freedom and democracy as it makes people responsible and help them to co-exist in a harmonious society
“In our new found freedom and fragile democracy, culture can play a significant role in fostering national unity and peaceful co-existence,” she said. “Traditionally, our tribes and cultures had supported the parameters of our social fabrics. A great lesson could be learned from our joking relationships.”
Sagnia added that people need to embrace their culture and value it; for a society without culture is in loss. “A culture-less and lawless human being is just another animal. Our culture and society make us the responsible entities we are,” she lamented.
The guest speaker, Hossoum Ceesay of National Center for Arts and Culture said the event was one of a kind as he has never seen such a cultural display from any school in the past 25 years.
He said the multiplicity and difference in cultures do not cause conflict rather they provide the society multiple options, capacities and opportunities to develop the overall culture of all peoples.
“One can conveniently argue that the number of diverse dishes, languages, and folktales, dances and songs, values and worldviews of culture in The Gambia are national treasures that can earn us social cohesion, political stability and economic wellbeing if utilized properly,” he said.
“The social capital derived from our cultures is so rich that they augur well for peace building, conflict resolution and good governance,” historian Ceesay said.