Nation and Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG), Monday organised a
day science fair for secondary school science students from low-income
backgrounds at the health research institutions ground in Fajara.
The Science Fair was aimed at inspiring the next generation of Gambians to pursue careers in science, which is essential for every nation’s development. It provided students the opportunity to meet and interact with young African scientists at the unit and learn about their research.
Ismaila Jobe, New Nation programme officer said they are a non-profit of young Gambians engaging other groups to promote national development through youth work, scientific research, mentorship and civic education.
Dr. Kebba Marena, an orthopedic surgeon at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital reminded students that something may come along the way in their career journey but they must remain strong and not to be frustrated by it. “Never completely shut anything out because things you think are not useful to you may turn out to be.”
Dr. Marena further urged them not to be intimidated by any challenge, telling them to trust and believe in themselves as far as what they can do and achieve is concern.
He called on them to be passionate about what they do, saying they would want to be happy every day coming home from work. “You don’t want to do a job you don’t like.
Do not get discouraged. If you have a dream, just go for it and stick to it.”
According to him, Gambians are excelling all over the world, reminding student not to think that because they are from the small country call The Gambia that they should limit their pursuit for knowledge. “You can be anything you want to be.”