Five students of Bundung Lower Basic School receive cash prizes from Swiss-GAM Solidarity

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Swiss-Gam Solidarity, a charitable organization based in Switzerland, on Tuesday held its second cash prize presentation at the school grounds as part of its ongoing “Quality Education promotion” to ensure quality education delivery in the school learning system.

Officials of the organization presented awards and cash prizes to five most outstanding grade 6 students from Bundung Lower Basic School (BLBS) presented by the Sukuta Nema Youths Development Association (SNYDA) at the school grounds as part of their ongoing “Quality Education” promotion.

In his welcome remarks, Basano K.S. Jammeh, deputy headmaster of Bundung Lower Basic School and master of ceremony, thanked Swiss-Gam and SNYDA for their laudable kind gesture to the school, emphasizing that it will help the school in its drive to ensure and provide quality education to the students.

Mr Jammeh further said it was a very important day for the school, adding that “the management and staff are very proud to be associated with such noble initiatives”.

By this, the students will be encouraged and motivated to take their education seriously, always concentrate on their books and be punctual in class, he averred.

He appealed to Swiss-Gam Solidarity to continue their support whilst calling on philanthropists, donor agencies and organizations to emulate the Solidarity, saying that since the school couldn’t do it alone it would need support to implement and maintain such initiatives.

In his remarks, Mr Essa Sowe, deputy General Secretary of the Gambia Teachers’ Union and chairman of the sub-committee for leadership and management of the school, expressed satisfaction and impression with the school for its “remarkable success and achievements” registered over the years.

Mr Sowe suggested that the ex-students of the school should form an association aimed at promoting students’ general welfare and creating a vibrant association which can actively bring all ex-students of Bundung Lower Basic School to participate in academic and cultural issues of the school, which are of interest to its members and humanity in general.

He added that it helps to extend humanitarian assistance to needy students or groups, where possible, and to encourage and inculcate attitudes and values worthy of emulation in students.

He finally called on ex-students of the school, particularly those holding high positions in government, parastatals, NGOs and the private sector, to consider supporting the school.

Fatim Tunkara, who spoke on behalf of the parents, also echoed similar sentiments and thanked Swiss-Gam, SNYDA, the school management and staff for their endless and tireless efforts at ensuring the development and welfare of the students, urging them to continue to keep up the momentum.

Speakers on the occasion included Isatou Jallow, Headmistress of Bundung Lower Basic School, Musa Colley, chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC), Lamin Ceesay, President of Sukuta Nema Youth Development Association (SNYDA), and Ebrima Barrow-Tija, Coordinator of Swiss-Gam Solidarity, Gambia Branch.

Certificates were also presented to students and teachers at the sports department, as well as to QCell kunda who emerged first, Africell kunda second and Gamcel kunda third position.

Author: Ebrima Gillen
Source: Picture: On the High Table: L-R: Officials of Swiss-Gam, SNYDA and Bundung Lower Basic School