May 12, 2009, 7:39 AM
Taku Leggaye Skills Training Centre on Saturday held its 3rd graduation and prize-giving ceremony.
The graduation ceremony, which was held at the school grounds attracted senior government officials from various departments, as well as parents.
Delivering his opening statement, Mamadou Lamin Jagne, the Principal of Taku Leggaye Training Centre, said the centre was inaugurated by the Gambian leader in July 24th 2002 during the July 22 celebrations of that year.
He thanked the Gambian leader for his moral and material support at the inception of the school, noting that the school has become one of the best training providers within the Kanifing Municipality.
Mr. Jagne added that their main objective is to complement government’s effort in her drive to attain the Millennium Development Goals and the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment, PAGE.
The Principal further explained that the centre has graduated more than one thousand two hundred students in various fields.
The main courses offered in the school include hotel management, catering and secretarial studies.
Mr. Jagne noted that the hotel management department offers courses in cookery and pastry, restaurant services, catering, food and beverages, menu costing, food hygiene, English Language proficiency, IT User skills and house management skills.
The secretarial studies department also offers courses in English Language proficiency, IT User skills, office procedures, office administration and book-keeping and accounts, he said.
According to him, the school has witnessed the graduation of about 107 students, of which over 80 percent of them have undergone internment in different hotels, restaurants, NGOs and government agencies.
The school is registered and accredited by the National Training Authority, the agency mandated by the government through an Act of the National Assembly to supervise, monitor and regulate all training providers in The Gambia.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta, National Member for SerreKunda East and Majority Leader, said the event is the 3rd of its kind.
The Majority Leader told the outgoing students to make the best use of knowledge gained from the centre, noting that education is a means of transforming and empowering communities.
The youth, especially, gain skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them become productive members of society, he said.