Sep 5, 2012, 10:05 AM
Mr Phil Morgan, proprietor and founder of the
Mr Morgan, who are on a short working visit to the school ahead of the first anniversary on February 10, said his first impression was that the students do their work without the supervision of teachers as he witnessed it while attending a staff meeting in the school.
“This is very important and impressive,” he said, adding: “The students are better organised than students in the
On the first anniversary, he did change the name of the school to
With the fence in place, fundraising activities will be organised to complement the efforts of Morgan Clark Foundation and the government. New uniforms, he said, will also be distributed to the students in the school as part of the anniversary celebrations and maintenance work will also be carried out.
He said he hopes the government will build more classrooms, as children from surrounding villages and even Kerr Samba Kuta in
The original idea, he said, was a four classroom block to accommodate 40 students each, totalling 160. Now the school, he said, has 230 students, and the 73 children in the nursery are now being housed in the school’s Bantaba.
Contacts have been made with students in the
He said that on his return to the
He was extremely happy to know that 20 women were trained at the school on soap making and tie and dye. This is encouraging, as the school can also be used as an adult skills training centre, he said.
Mr Morgan ended the interview with his mission statement: “
He recalled how the project started in December 2009, during a fishing trip with Bakary Jammeh, who is a native of the village.
He explained the plight of the villagers saying the only mud built school was washed away during one of the raining seasons.
The project manager, Bakary Jammeh, thanked Morgan Clark Foundation and the Morgan family for fulfilling the wish of the villagers, who did not even think such a project would be accomplished in their village.
He also thanked the Gambia Government for upgrading the school to a lower basic school, which is an encouragement to them, adding that it is now left with the parents to come together to complement the efforts of the government and Morgan Clark Foundation.
Mr Jammeh also thanked sponsors in the
Special thanks were also extended to Julie and her husband. He acknowledged the efforts of the Governor of North Bank Region, Regional Director of Education and Chief Jammeh of Illiasa, saying to them: “Abaraka” meaning thank you.
Jammeh added: “Special thanks also to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Hon. Edward Gomez, for his useful advice during the construction of the school.”