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Nasir Ahmadiyya Senior School Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Mar 17, 2009, 6:05 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh in Basse

NasirAhmadiyyaMuslimSeniorSecondary School in Basse, Upper River Region, on Saturday March 14th celebrated its silver jubilee in grand style at the school premises.

Activities included the laying of a foundation stone for a mosque in the school, to be called Silver Jubilee Mosque; the raising of the Gambian flag, drama performance by students, march pass by ex-students of the school, Quranic recitation by students among others.

In his silver jubilee address, Mamadi Ceesay, principal of the school, thanked Almighty Allah for being the force behind the numerous successes registered by the school during the past 25 years. Principal Ceesay also commended the community of Basse particularly Mansajang Kunda, the Governor's Office and his dedicated staff, students, regional education office staff, and the general public, for their support to the school. He also paid tribute to the pioneer staff and students of the school for laying a good foundation for the school. According to him, Nasir was the first senior secondary school built in the region and the second in the provinces after ArmitageSeniorSecondary School.

He revealed that the schools have naturally undergone many difficult and turbulent periods during its infant stage and today stands strong, beautiful and proud.

For his part, Mr.Mamadou A. Jallow of UNDP, an ex-student of Nasir and guest speaker for the occasion, encouraged students to work hard in order to excel in life. Mr.Jallow advised students not to venture into migration particularly illegal migration as what is said about Europe is not as easy as some make it sound.

The International Director of AhmadiyyaSchools and Hospitals,

Mr.Mubarak Ahmad Tahir, congratulated the Board, staff and students of the school for the jubilee celebration.

According to him, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is not an NGO out to open schools and hospitals, but is a religious body, a religious sect of Islam which has been raised in these latter days according to prophecies of holy prophet Muhammed (SAW). He encouraged people to learn more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and to become followers of Imam Mahdi.

Amir Baba F. Trawally, Chairman of the School Board of Governors, described the day as a unique moment for the people of the region and all those who benefited from the services offered by the school. He said that in the area of human resource development, the school has produced so many people who are now high profile individuals in the society citing the guest speaker of the occasion as an example. He thanked all those who have helped the school register the many achievements, including H.E. President Jammeh.

The Silver Jubilee of Nasir coincided with the Centenary Jubilee of Khilafat Ahmadiyya. This is indeed a great blessing because it was this blessed institution which gave birth to Nusrat Jehan Scheme in 1970 under which Nasir was established says Amir Trawally.

The occasion was attended by several dignitaries as well as hundreds of guests and students.

The programme ended with a presentation of certificates to deserving teachers and students, courtesy of the Nasir ex-students association.