Soninke vision for community development awards scholarships to ten students

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Soninke Vision for Community Development in The Gambia recently awarded full scholarships package to ten students in different institutions, at a ceremony held at its office in Kairaba Avenue.

Soninke Vision a registered charitable association founded in 2015, aims at providing educational support, through scholarship packages and educational materials to the less fortunate in their communities.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Yuba Jawara of Education Committee said it was a happy momentto see the realisation of this pilot project in promoting education.

He added that helping deserving young men and women may be the most important things association could do to humanity.

“It is a clear manifestation of our efforts in making education accessible and affordable to everyone in the country,” he said.

He congratulated the lucky awardees for the well-deserved award and then urged them to make the best use of the opportunity given to them to further their education.

According to him, the Education committee had gone through a vigorous selection process to select the best out of the applicants for the Soninke 2017/2018 scholarship for the less privileged students within their community.

Mr Jawara further stated that the committee believes strongly that education is the only way that could transform society into a rapidly developed country.

“The association is dedicated to helping these young people succeed, both personally and professionally,” he said, adding that they would continue to support vital education and scholarship programmes.

He encouraged the membership and all well-meaning individuals and philanthropists to partner with them in promoting education in The Gambia.

 “We cannot do it alone and I call on all good citizens in the Diaspora to contribute to the scholarship programme,” he appealed.

He disclosed that the education committee would start distributing the application forms to all the regions in November 2017.

For his part, Yankuba Sinera, Secretary-General of the committee, said the committee was geared towards promotion of peaceful co-existence among various Soninkara social associations, both in The Gambia and outside.

He said the association also sought to address and fight against social discrimination among social classes in Soninkara, in order to create local employment opportunities for young people and women.

He added that as part of complementing the effort of the government, they have awarded scholarships to ten deserving students, worth D241, 750, which includes two students from the University of The Gambia.

Sinera said he is convinced that the scholarship would help students concentrate on their studies without any financial burden, while encouraging them to make best use of the scholarship.

Sise Sawaneh, a beneficiary of the scholarship, who is currently studying Journalism at the University of The Gambia, thanked the committee and applauded them for such a wonderful initiative that aims to help students further their education without any problem.

She noted that helping students is like helping The Gambia, as they are the young ones who would take up responsibilities in the near future, promising that they would make best use of this rare opportunity.

Author: Adam Jobe