Dec 20, 2013, 9:43 AM
The students, who were selected after a preview interview and an assessment procedure openly conducted in the presence of parents, will study at the
Speaking at a ceremony held at the academy grounds, Yusupha Sanyang, Deputy Mayor of the Kanifing Municipal Council, commended the executive directress of
"I am very impressed with
Mr Sanyang advised the newly sponsored students to make best use of the opportunity by making their books their friends so that they would not disappoint Mr and Mrs Zercher.
"You have to be more committed to your education and always get yourself ready. Education needs sacrifice if you want to succeed in life, and for The Gambia, we need capacity development to match with the other developing countries," he stated.
For her part, Mrs Zercher said that was the first time for her and her husband Mr Zercher to sponsor students at
She urged the students and those who could not get the sponsorship to be role models in the society, especially to their younger brothers and sisters.
Mrs Zercher called on other Gambians in the country and outside to support their own brothers and sisters to have a brighter future that would be based on the development of the
She praised two of her former students who were employed by her institute because of what she said was their commitment and hard work during their stay at the academy as students.
Other speakers at the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, West Coast Region, Fatou T. Sanyang; Mr Ceesay from NTA and some teachers of the institute, who all commended Mr and Mrs Zercher for their foresight in helping Gambian students.