WYCE Inaugurates Bicycle Workshop, Trains Mechanics

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wonder Years Centre Excellent (WYCE), in collaboration with Recycle UK and Halfords in Scotland, recently inaugurated a bicycle workshop and also trained four bicycle mechanics.

The two-week bike training workshop was funded by the WYCE-The Gambia, Halfords and Recycle UK to upgrade the skills of bike mechanics in the four communities of Medina Salam, Tanji, CRR and Gujur.

The trainees were Ebrima Dumbuya, Kandara Canteh, Musa Komma and Sulayman Darboe.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the country Director of WYCE, Lamin Kijera, said in the past 15 years WYCE has achieved a lot in Medina Salam as the people could see for themselves the magnificent establishment already in place.

He highlighted some of the developments in the area of bike projects, saying WYCE has partnered with Recycle UK in the area of bicycles by donating many containers of bicycles to WYCE Gambia.

He said a good number of these bikes were donated to the school children and other stakeholders in the village.

According to him, in 2015 Recycle funded the bike repair and maintenance workshop in Medina Salam village.

He said Mr Jason Finch, who is Recycle Africa’s manager, helped to set up the workshop, noting that he has done good work and that the facility was now providing skills to young people in Medina Salam.

In February this year, Halfords donated 50 bicycles to the school children in Medina Salam, he added.

The donated bicycles have helped many families and school children to travel to Gunjur, Berending, Sifoe and Kartong schools.

He thanked Halfords and Recycle UK for their efforts in the development of the country.

 For his part, the managing Director of GAMRUPA, Kalifa Kanteh, said for the past 5years, WYCE has brought lot of development to Kombo South, especially in Medina Salam.

He said establishing the bicycle project in Medina Salam was very important because it would help to develop the skills of the youth in Kombo South and the nation.

According to Mr Kanteh, some of the students in Kombo South used to trek to go school but now WYCE has provided many bicycles for the students to go to school.

He said more development is coming to Medina Salam through WYCE and his partners Halfords and Recycle UK.

Mr Kanteh assured the people of Medina Salam that his institution would continue to work with WYCE for the development of the nation.

Barrow Touray of Madiana Salam, thanked WYCE for the support and also for providing the bicycle project to the people of Medina Salam.

He advised the trainees to make the best use of their tools given to them after the training.

He also thanked WYCE for their support to the people of Kombo South.           

Author: Yai Dibba