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UK trade union inaugurates 4-classroom block in Bijilo

Oct 28, 2016, 10:07 AM | Article By: Alieu Bobb

UNISON, one of UK’s largest trade unions, has inaugurated a four-classroom block in Bijilo Lower Basic School on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Wanta Jallow, headmistress of the school, said the classroom block had been under construction from May to October 2016.

“This building came at the right time because the additional classroom would provide more conducive learning space for the children and the school would be able to enroll more children to give them quality education,” she said.

In 2014, UNISON sponsored the construction of eight flush toilet block to the tune of about 3,000 pound sterling.

The head mistress said the construction of additional classroom is due to the fact that the enrolment of the school increases on yearly basis.

Isatou Jallow, a representative of the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, said the ministry is grateful for the support of UNISON.

“These classrooms would go a long way in increasing the enrolment of the school,” she said.

Omar Jatta, director of region 2, said the gesture of UNISON could never be forgotten.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts that you have been putting into this school both individually and collectively,” he told the donors.

He noted that by supporting education, UNISON is planning the future for Bijilo and The Gambia as a whole for it has been said that the best way to plan for a long-term future is to educate people.

Wendy Nichols, president of UNISON, said the inauguration of the classroom block is “a very proud moment” for UNISON.

“As many other speakers acknowledged, we have been involved in the school for many years now from providing toilet block to supporting the gardens,” she said.

She continued:  “So when I became president of UNISON, I decided we should do something more and supporting education was the best choice.

“UNISON has 1.3 million members and a lot walk in schools, hospitals, and energy services. They were very willing to support the education venture here and the result is the classroom we are inaugurating today.”