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British Couple Presents Cash to Medina Sering Mass School

Apr 27, 2009, 9:47 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Medina Sering Mass Basic Cycle School in Region three, North Bank Region last week Thursday benefited from a handsome donation of cash, amounting to D40, 000.

The money was donated by long time friends of the school, Mr. and Mrs. Garry Cockburn Warwickshire in UK.

Mrs. Cockburn presented the D40, 000 cash to the principal, Lamin Ceesay, at a ceremony attended by the teachers, students and PTA members of the school.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony Mr. Cockburn thanked the administration of Medina Sering Mass Basic Cycle School for their efforts in trying to achieve quality education for the future leaders of The Gambia. He indicated that the assistance they are rendering to the school since 1997 is not only from him and his wife, but their other friends in UK are also contributing, particularly Colin and Linda Jones who he revealed provided the school with furniture. He promised to raise more funds for the school in UK whether in kind or in cash. In conclusion, he advised the teachers to inculcate discipline into the students for their own betterment.

Speaking on behalf of his committee, the vice- chairman of the Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) of the school, Mr. Dodou Joof thanked Mr. and Mrs. Cockburn and their Gambian counterpart, Abdoulie Jallow, a native of the village, for their kind assistance to the school since 1997.

Mr. Joof described Abdoulie Jallow as a great man who cares for his own children and gave assurance to the donors that anything that comes into the hands of Mr. Jallow on behalf of the school will solely reach them. He told the donors that their gesture for the past twenty-two years is fully appreciated by the school administration, his committee members and the villagers of Medina Sering Mass in general.

For his part, the principal of the school, Mr. Lamin Ceesay, dilated on the development the UK couple brought to his school, describing such development as a welcome move.

He noted that the gesture will complement government's education policy to give quality and relevant education to all.

According to Principal Ceesay the perimeter fence of his school is 432sq out of which the Gambia Agency for the Management of Public Works (GAMWORKS) is to fence 371M and the remaining 61M will be fence by the school.