Oct 20, 2009, 8:06 AM
The school, constructed to the tune of D1.5 million, comprises three classroom blocks, a staff room, supervisor’s office, library and six toilets.
The proprietor of the new nursery school is Ebrima Tamba.He was financially supported by Martine Van Seetars.
Speaking on the occasion, Ebrima Sisawo, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), said the ministry has a policy that aims at making education accessible to all Gambians.
However, he said, the government alone cannot do it, and as such there is a need for the private sector to invest in education.
DPS Sisawo noted that there is no better way of eradicating poverty than investing in education.
He said the new education policy puts emphasis on Early Childhood Development (ECD), and MoBSE will support anyone contributing to that.
Musa O. Mendy, school supervisor, said children between 3-6 years used to find it difficult to get access to foundation education in Kombo Kerewan.
Baboucarr Suwareh, regional education director in Region 2, said MoBSE is concerned with access to quality education for all.
According to him, research has shown that students that had Early Childhood Development education are likely to perform better than those without it.
Martine Van Seetars, co-sponsor of the nursery school, expressed their readiness to continue supporting the school and the Gambian people, in general.
There are plans to further develop the school to a lower basic school in the near future.