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132 students graduate from SOS Upper Basic School

Jul 1, 2013, 10:41 AM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Upper Basic School recently graduated 132 grade nine students at a ceremony held at the school grounds in Bakoteh.

The ceremony, which marked the 11th graduation of the school, was held under the theme: “Education for Sustainable Development.”

The school Principal John D. Senesie advised the students to among other things be disciplined, hardworking, honest, respectful and tolerant.

He disclosed that within a period of almost thirteen years, since the inception of the school, the school has made a considerable achievement in terms of academic performance at national examinations and has been rated one of the best schools in the region.

“The general welfare and quality life of our students are our priority,” he said.

He also pointed out that the school has a canteen to ensure quality, nutritious and safety food for human consumptions for the students.

The school gives the children internal awareness to prepare them for the global challenges that lie ahead, Principal Senesie says.

He thanked their partners for a successful year and extends his gratitude to the teachers and parents for their commitment.

For her part, Hannah Davies, SOS National Educational Advisor, said the children had learned the value of hard work, honesty and being honest to themselves in the school.

She urged them to sustain all the good virtues they have learned in the course of their studies in the school.

She however highlighted that it has become necessary in the face of the difficulties for their schools to fully sustain themselves, while citing sustainability as their priority.

There is need for boosting the available financial, human and material recourses. “Increasing school fees is the way forward,” Mrs Davies opined.

She emphasised parents’ understanding and cooperation to ensuring sustainability so parents can get good returns from their investment.

“We are committed to improving standards in all areas of the system and without your full support, it will be hard to achieve,” she said.

In his address, Wally Tamba disclosed that every human being undeterred by discrimination should benefit from education that fosters values, competitiveness, knowledge and skills to shape a future in line with the demands of sustainable development.