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SOS Holds Social Workers' First Graduation

Dec 19, 2008, 7:20 AM | Article By: Augustine Kanjia

SOS Social Work Department recently held their first graduation in the presence of many dignitaries at SOS, Bakoteh.

35 men and women graduated as social workers after a fruitful year of studies and hard work.

During the ceremony Madam Ellen, RMATC Director, gave the history of SOS. She said SOS mothers have to go through an educational pact and as a result some SOS mothers and aunties are graduating and that they will all go on to serve society.

Dr. Mendes, chairperson SOS social work, gave the overall history of SOS starting from 1949.

"Some of our children have gone to overseas and some are integrated into society and gainfully employed," she said. She praised the UTG for helping to set up the social work programme. She urged the community to employ the graduands.

"Social work as a profession enhances social change, their training is vital," she said. She stressed that this could not be acquired in a few weeks. To the graduands she said they should not be afraid to support people in need.

Abdoulie Senghore, representing UTG, said UTG has been involved formally or informally. UTG, he said, is committed to the smooth running of the social work programme at SOS. "We are about to upgrade the diploma programme to a BA programme in the University," he said. He said the graduands should continue to learn.

Ousman Nyang, speaking on behalf of SoS for higher Education, said they were in support of Social Work programmes in the country.

He acknowledged the plight of the disabled as enormous.

He emphasised that the more one knows the more you discover what you don't know.

"Social Welfare set up in 1962," he said. He said they should be good ambassadors for their teachers to have good praise.