Euros 0.5m school inaugurated in Badibu
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
A half million Euro nursery school project was, on Friday, inaugurated in Badibu-Suware Kunda, North Bank Region at a ceremony presided over by Edward Seckan, governor of North Bank Region.
The school, a four-year project sponsored by Belgian couples, Rita de Brocher and Hermma Brocher, was facilitated by a Gambian friend, Baba Fatty, a native of Suware-Kunda in the Lower Badibu District.
Speaking at the ceremony, Rita de Brocher, founder of the project, said the initiative came as a result of her visit to The Gambia in 2004 as a tourist during which she met Baba Fatty and explained to him that she was a teacher in her country and had some money kept for her daughter who died and wanted to use it for something to benefit Gambian children. She added that Baba Fatty welcomed the move and in return said "in my area we need a nursery school. If we can build a school there, it will be so helpful to the community."
According to Rita, her school in Belgium also welcomed the initiative undertaken to invest in the education sector of The Gambia and pledged their support to the project.
For his part, Baba Fatty, coordinator of the project, said the idea of building a school will contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of the country. He briefed donors on the importance President Jammeh's government attaches to education.
Mr Fatty then urged the community of Suware-Kunda and its satellite villages to help them to achieve their mission. He thanked the donors for their efforts in making the project possible.
Kalilu Drammeh, chairman, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), on behalf of the committee applauded the donors for making their dreams come true and assured them of their full support.
Officially declaring the school opened, Edward Seckan, governor of North Bank Region, remarked that the school will be remembered, as it is the first project to be inaugurated in 2008 in NBR.
Governor Seckan then pledged his office's support to the couple with regards to any other project to be undertaken in his region. He renewed the government's commitment in welcoming any development initiative and informed the donors that education is one of President Jammeh's government priorities.
Governor Seckan then challenged the community of Suware-Kunda to send their children to school, noting that the school has not been build just to beautify the environment but to educate the young ones who are the future leaders of tomorrow. He was then happy enough to declare the couple honourary citizens of The Gambia.
He also commended Baba Fatty for his efforts in bringing a school to the doorstep of his community.
Other speakers at the ceremony included Muhammed Ousman Kebbeh, senior education officer at the Regional Education Directorate, Region 3 and Fafanding Kinteh, chief of Lower Badibu District.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by friends of the donors and a cross-section of the community of Suware-kunda and its surroundings and punctuated by a football match.
Author: by Musa Ndow