a Norwegian charitable organisation in Brufut Sanchaba, facilitating
educational pursuit for poor and less fortune people has inaugurated their
sponsored nursery school called Lift Gambia Nursery School at Brufut, Kombo
Funded at a tune of two million dalasi, the facility includes three classroom blocks, an office, a store, waiting room, toilets, water pumping machine and a well.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vigdis Jordal, board member of Heartlift said they believes that providing education and skills for children is one of the surest tool for a bright future.
Ms. Jordal noted that they have been in The Gambia for many years helping schools but said this is the first Heartlift owned school in the country. “We hope beneficiaries will take care of the building because we worked hard to raise the money used to build the school.”
Guest speaker Alasana K. D. Camara said nursery school is the foundation for education and once students have good foundation, the likelihood is that they will have good education and future.
He commended Heartlift for the initiative and their love for the community of Brufut and the entire Gambia. “Establishment of the school will safe students from walking long distance to access education,” he said.
He expressed the Village Development Committee’s readiness to work with Heartlift in developing the school.
Fatou Nyara Bojang, headmistress of the school expressed delight with the sponsors, saying she will closely work with her team of teachers and the School Management Committee for the sustainability and development of the school.
Magidi Sillah, coordinator of Lift Gambia highlighted numerous challenges they encountered over the years despite their effort in sponsoring students at Brufut Lower and Upper Basic School.
He said they built a computer lab for Brufut Upper Basic School and gave them 70 laptops and built a kitchen but stopped the gesture due to a misunderstanding and people with personal interest.
“We moved from the school and started Brufut Sanchaba Nursery School where we were sponsoring all students, providing daily meals, uniforms and school materials for free but in 2016, we were pushed out,” he explained, saying as such they lose around 700 sponsorships since the problem started.