Kiruna Management Committee (KKMC) recently handed over a newly constructed
borehole to the officials of Kafuta Upper Basic School at a ceremony held at
the school ground.
The move came after the successful completion of the water project, thanks to the support of their sponsors in Kiruna, Sweden.
The new project, which is powered by solar with storage water tank, according to many, would now ease water supply difficulties for students, especially during school hours.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Sarjo Touray, a member of the School Management Committee of Kafuta Upper Basic School, underscored the importance of the project, acknowledging the fact that water is life.
He described water as crucial in ensuring effective and conducive learning at the school and emphasized that with the new project, water shortage would now be history at the school.
He however appealed to the Ministry of Education to upgrade the upper basic school into a senior secondary owing to the fact that many parents in the area face guardianship problems when finding placement for their children in the Greater Banjul Area.
Lamin Bojang, chairperson of Kafuta Kiruna Management Committee gave background information about the project.
According to him, sometime ago their friends from Sweden assisted them with a sum of 37,000 Swedish Kroner, which was equivalent to D198, 300.
“When these monies arrived discussions were held on how the money would be utilised. A committee was formed to that effect to see how it will be utilised focusing on our immediate priorities.”
He outlined that after the discussions it was agreed that students at the school encounter a lot of difficulties in accessing drinking water.
“It was in that connection that the committee saw the need to assist the school with a borehole that could also help students in their garden projects”.
Receiving keys to the project, Lamin Jabang, the headmaster of the school, indicated that the school like other schools draws their development plans yearly, recalling that when the Swedish friends visited the school, they went through an index of their development priorities.
“After going through the list of their development priorities, they promised to do something about them. As we all know water is life and he who has water has happiness; he who has happiness has health and if you have health you have life”
He acknowledged the fact that government alone could not do this, thus the need for others to complement government’s effort in the development crusade.
While commending their Swedish friends for the laudable initiatives, Jabang recounted that sometime ago they found it difficult at the school, especially in accessing drinking water.
He however thanked God for the project while at the same time commending the KKMC for the supervisory role played in the timely execution of the project.