Mar 13, 2009, 5:49 AM
Insight Training Centre at the weekend celebrated its 12th annual graduation ceremony at the school grounds in Sinchu Alhagie, Kombo North, West Coast Region.
The ceremony, which brought together ex-students, parents and friends, saw the graduation of sixty-eight students.
In his report, the principal of the school, Ismaila Ceesay, said the year under review, the school had a total enrolment of 514 students out of which sixty-eight graduated this year, 13 dropped out whilst the rest are continuing in their various level of studies.
“We remain resolute in our quest for quality skills training which we believe is the answer and job lost round the world today the focus is skilled labour.
He added that as customary, Insight Training Centre has continued to contribute to the socio-economic development of The Gambia in the form of scholarship annually.
Ceesay further stated that this year, 96 scholarships were given out, 29 to FAWEGAM for bridging the male dominated skills, 37 to needy students and 30 to outstanding students.
He asserted that when the NTA introduced the Gambia skills, qualification, his institution was fortunate enough to be part of the pioneer and today his institution was successfully assessed by the NTA.
Mr. Ceesay further informed the gathering that this year 42 students have been successfully assessed by the NTA and are awaiting certificate in the following areas including 12 students for electrical installation level,15 students for electrical installation level 2 and 15students for certificate level 1.
Among those graduating today is the 10th batch of the NYSS Corp members and as well the GAMJOB-sponsored students.
He commended President Jammeh and his entire government for providing the enabling environment to make all this achievement possible.
Also speaking at the graduation, the guest speaker of the occasion, Almami Taal, chief executive officer of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce (GCCI), hailed the management of Insight Training Centre for their hard work in ensuring that the students are well equipped with the necessary knowledge during their tenure at the school.
He also spoke at length about the importance of acquiring skills as youths who are the future generation of tomorrow.
He further advised the graduated students to put the knowledge gained into practice and try hard to be seen as true ambassador of their destiny.
The CEO also urged them to be law-abiding and show high sense of responsibility in the society, adopt good behaviour and moral in the society that can earn them dignity in the society.
He added that receiving certificate is one thing but utilising it is another entirely.
He therefore challenged the graduating students to show the society that they have come from elsewhere and can contribute their quota to national development.
Meanwhile, at the end of the event, certificates were awarded to deserving students in recognition of their hard work and commitment.