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HASTE opens 3 new nursery schools in The Gambia

Jan 13, 2012, 2:32 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Help African Schools To Educate (HASTE), a UK-based organization, recently opened three new nursery schools in The Gambia.

The schools are Lizzie Couch Sinchu HASTE Nursery School in Sinchu Alagi, Mariama HASTE Nursery School in Kunkujang Keitaya and Lamin Baddy Kanteh (LBK) HASTE Nursery School in FajiKunda.

The projects cost the group over D700,000 to build the three schools.

Speaking at the opening ceremonies of the new schools, the chairperson of HASTE, Judith Hughes, told the beneficiary communities that the three schools that her organization has built and furnished form part of their quest to boost education in Africa, principally in The Gambia, Uganda and Kenya.

“We have built eight schools and assisted five other schools, she said, adding that the funds they used to build Sinchu Alagi Nursery School was raised by her niece called Ms Lizzie Couch, who participated during the London marathon.

Mrs Hughes said for Kunkujang Keitaya School, her organization built the school at a former garden land owned by one Mbye Njie and his wife Mariama, both of whom approved the said school to be built on the site.
She promised that HASTE will buy school furniture and some educational items for the schools they have built through an appeal from Kassa Kanteh Sanneh and her husband Alhagie Sanneh, who are retired teachers.

She called on the community of Faji Kunda to take ownership of the school, noting that the school was built inside Mrs Sanneh and her husband’s compound but it is for the community of Faji Kunda.

Musa Mendy, HASTE Gambian coordinator, called on the communities of Sinchu Alagi, Kunkujang Keitaya and Faji Kunda to take their new nursery schools as theirs while calling for proper administration of the schools.

He said HASTE built all the three nursery schools to complement the efforts of the government for the Gambian children to acquire knowledge at their doorstep.

The Alkalo of Sinchu Alagi, Salifu Ceesay, Mbye Njie of Kunkujang Keitaya and Kassa Kanteh Sanneh, proprietress of LBK HASTE Nursery School in Faji Kunda all thanked the donors for their invaluable support.