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Scottish philanthropist donates to KKNS

Jan 14, 2010, 2:21 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

A Scottish Philanthropist recently donated over D600, 000 to Kunta Kinteh Nursery School (KKNS) in Faji Kunda as their contribution towards the construction of a new school complex.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Madam Kumba Sanneh, the Head Mistress of the school thanked the philanthropists through Madam Jackie Learmonth for sponsoring the school. Head Mistress Sanneh said with the help of Jackie Learmonth and her co-sponsors, the school was able to achieve so many things in a short period of time.

According to her, before the intervention of these philanthropists, the school was faced with a lot of problems, such as payment of rents.

"Kunta Kinteh Nursery School is very small but is identified as one of the best among students and teachers," Mrs. Sanneh said, while commending Jackie Learmonth and her co-sponsors in Scotland.

Mr. Kawsu Kinteh, co-proprietor of the school and Chairman of Humanity First expressed gratitude to the donors, describing the donation as timely.

According to him, the school has been existence for almost ten years but had never got such assistance from a donor.

Mr. Kinteh revealed that so many students who graduated from Kunta Kinteh Nursery School are now attending lower basic schools.

"We have over 70 students per-year from nursery 1 to 2," he said.

For his part, Mr. Amadou Baldeh, the Coordinator of the school expressed appreciation and thanked Madam Jackie and her co-sponsors in Scotland for helping the Gambian people and complementing government's effort in the education sector.

Mr. Baldeh explained that he came to know Jackie Learmonth in 2007 at the Atlantic Hotel when she expressed interest in helping the school.

 According to him, after Jackie visited the school, she was very much impressed and then promised to construct a new building for the school.

He said after Jackie returned back to Scotland, she was able to raise some funds with the help of her team.

"With this amount, we were able to get a new land for the school," he said.

Also speaking earlier, Madam Jackie Learmonth expressed her appreciation to the management of the school, noting that students' performances are well appreciated.

Madam Jackie thanked customers of Woodville Inn, in Kirriemuie, Ash Bar-montrose, local businesses, friends and family in Scotland for helping her raised the sume of D600, 000.