Apr 9, 2008, 5:57 AM
a charitable organisation based in Denmark, on Wednesday inaugurated a
newly-constructed building to serve as the technical workshop at Fon-Gam Skills
Training Institute in Tujereng.
Speaking at the ceremony, attended by the a cross-section of Tujereng community, Modou Lamin Fatty, principal of the institute, expressed delight and appreciation to the sponsors for their continued support.
Fon-Gam Skills Training Institute was established by SoS-Gam to the tune of about D7 million, according to Mr Fatty said.
The skills training institute was opened last year and it offers courses in business management, English, mathematics and computers.
“Now we are going to introduce construction, architectural design, and electrical installation,” Mr Fatty said, adding that catering, and tie and dye would be added soon.
He explained that the purpose of the inaugurated building is to make sure that the programmes being offered at the institute are diversified.
The principal further explained that students enrolled at the institute do not pay anything, “the only payment the students do is the registration cost of D500”.
“Students are given free tuition, uniform, books, pens, pencils and anything that they need for their schooling is provided here by the sponsors,” Mr Fatty said while calling on parents to send in their children to the institute.
He said anyone who graduate from the institute will be in a better position to be employed or be self-employed.
Omar MJP Ndow, national coordinator of Fon-Gam who is also the business management teacher at the institute, said the opening of the new technical block is another milestone in the history of the institute.
He said the aim of the institute is to give skills to the youth to make them productive.
Mr Nodw explained that at inception, the institute only offers academic courses but the building of the technical workshop makes it possible to introduce technical courses.