Apr 17, 2008, 6:21 AM
Taking up their responsibility with all seriousness, they have chosen five students to benefit from the scholarships, starting from the 2008/2009 academic year. They say these five students will be under the sponsorship of the Deyda Hydara Trust for the whole of their senior secondary school education. In selecting the scholars, they have looked at the needs and the academic potentialities of the students. Under the scholarships guidelines the committee has drawn up, another set of five students will be selected after three academic sessions to enjoy the scholarships.
The scholarships are funded with proceeds from A Living Mirror: The Life of Deyda Hydara. As well as immortalising Deyda Hydara, the biography was conceived as a fundraising tool to project and sustain the ideals Deyda Hydara stood and died for. At the core of Deyda Hydara's life struggle was a consuming passion to undo the shackles of ignorance through the channels of journalism. As Deyda Hydara saw it, ignorance is the greatest impediment to advancement in life. Therefore on the path to achieving press freedom and freedom of expression in society, the people have to be first of all educated in basic literacy. After that, it becomes a lot easier to mobilise them for progress and prosperity.
will in the near future sponsor exceptionally promising journalists to study
journalism at the degree level in an African university. It will also endow the
Deyda Hydara Prize for Excellence in Journalism that the Gambia Press Union (
Deyda Hydara spent every waking moment of his life working for progress and a fulfilled life in every way. It is only fitting therefore that proceeds from his biography should be judiciously spent to carry on with those things that Deyda Hydara himself would have done if he were still alive. These scholarships will expand in the fullness of time to the benefit and enjoyment of Gambians in the spirit of education for all.