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Book on St Augustine’s school to be launched Monday

Nov 11, 2016, 11:27 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

A book on St Augustine’s High School written by George Gomez is scheduled for launching on Monday at the school ground at 5pm.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Independence Stadium last Monday, Mr Gomez said the book is “the first written history book of any school” in The Gambia.

He said he got the inspiration to write the book from Father Gough who challenged him in 2010 and in 2012 to write the history of St Augustine’s High School before he (Father Gough) die. 

Father Gough’s health condition has been deteriorating since as he had two operations and can barely walk or talk now.

But already, the preface of the book is written by Father Gough; the second preface is written by an alumni of the school, Abdou Sara Janha.

The author said people will read things they have never known about St Augustine’s school, which all started operations in 1957 instead of 1929, as widely believed.

He said the book has covered all principals of the school and other events of historical significance in The Gambia.

“I hope the publication of this book will inspire young and other people to write the history of other schools in The Gambia,” Mr Gomez said.

He thanked Africell for sponsoring the book launching and also for buying 100 copies.  GTBank has also purchased 100 copies to be distributed to schools to inspire young people to start writing.

Modou Njie, a member of the book launch organising committee, called on all ex-students and well-wishers of St Augustine’s school to grace the launching and get a copy of the book.

Musa Njie, an ex-student of St Augustine’s school, said the school has produced a lot of qualified Gambians and people will learn about of them in the book.

Musa Sise, media officer of Africell, also reiterated that the school has produced a lot of exemplary students.