Holland Foundation, a charitable organization based in Amsterdam, the
Netherlands on Monday handed over a fully furnished 18 classroom storey
building funded by the foundation to the Bundung Lower Basic School Annex.
The handing over ceremony held at the school ground was attended by a delegation from Netherlands, Government officials, NGOs, parents, FIOH, teachers, students and a cross-section of the local community.
In her welcoming remark, Madam Isatou A. Jallow, Headmistress of Bundung Lower Basic School, said the friendship started three years ago when a sponsored student by the foundation, Musu Sallah, was transferred from Serrekunda Lower Basic School to Bundung LBS.
She thanked Jan and Maureen Schouten, the foundation coordinator and manager for their unflinching support and timely intervention to the school constraints by constructing 18 extra classrooms.
She noted that this has complemented Government’s efforts in order to create and improve a very conducive learning environment for the pupils that would continue to raise their level of academic performance.
She said the foundation has been providing technical and financial assistance including the permanent fencing of the school garden, rehabilitating 42 classrooms and a security gate.
She expressed her delight to be associated with the foundation as they are true friends of the school.
She revealed that even the family benefited from the organization.
Speaking earlier, Jan and Maureen Schouten said it was important for all the children to have the same access to education.
They expressed gratitude to the school heads and their staffs for their cooperation and support, adding that without their enthusiasm and efforts, the project would not have been achieved so successfully.
Schoutens hopes that the new classrooms would be well used and maintained properly as a symbol of friendship between the school and the foundation, for the benefit of the children to learn and grow up with happiness.
Kebba M. Keita, Headmaster of Bundung Annex Lower Basic School, said the Annex was initiated in September 2014 due to the increased number of enrolled students in school.
He noted that education is needless to say, one of the most important sectors for the socio-economic development of the country, stating the foundation has been assisting this sector through constructing schools, sponsoring students as well as providing educational materials for an improved educational system in The Gambia.
He commended the charitable organization for their pivotal role in complementing Government’s efforts to ensure a better education system.
He urged them to continue their worthy cause in helping the needy, particularly students, while assuring the foundation of the school support through the MOBSE to facilitate future projects in education within the country.
Lamin FM Jaiteh, Principal Education Officer of Region one, echoed similar sentiments, assuring the foundation of Gambia Government support, particularly MOBSE in any future project towards education in The Gambia.
The ceremony was chaired by Essa Sowe, Deputy Secretary General of GTU and the vote of thanks was delivered by Isatou Jallow.