Insight Training Centre, an accredited training centre with an excellent record of graduating thousands of students in different fields of studies, on Saturday celebrated seventeen years of existence.
Ismaila Ceesay, the Principal of the School, said Insight was set up in August 1999 at a time when many believed that tertiary education was largely for non-Gambians because there were few training institutes. “I challenge Gambians to venture into skills training if we mean development, as that is the sole reason Asia is progressing rapidly,” he affirmed.
Ceesay said the mission of Insight’s journey nearly two decades ago was to provide quality, affordable, relevant and easily accessible skills training to everyone.
“Our reflection today is to measure how far we have gone in achieving those goals and what are our shortcomings.”
He reported that over the past 17 years, more than three thousand students have graduated from the school in different fields of study; such as electrical installation, architectural draughtsmanship, construction, information and communication technology, journalism, marketing, management, amongst a host of other courses.
Ceesay disclosed that over the years, Insight expanded its training scope to Basse with the aim of extending tertiary education in rural Gambia, as most tertiary institutions are found around the Kombos and the Greater Banjul Area. The centre he noted contributes its quota to national development, revealing that 30% of the students are on scholarship, targeting the needy students since inception of the school. “Such scholarships included (FAWEGAM), Sierra Leone refugees. As a practice the Insight Training Centre offers scholarship to the best student in every class of every year from day one of its operations.”
The Principal asserted that the School can boast of having most of its graduates, if not all, in either private or public institutions, either being employed or self-employed.
Cherno Jallow, Head of Journalism at the centre, reminded students, especially journalism students, to adhere to the four powerful rules and regulations of the profession which he highlighted as: the constitution, laws of The Gambia, ethics of the profession and the code of conduct of the profession. “The rules and regulations are about bringing sanity in the society; adding ethics is the basic of morality.”
Emmanuel O. Fagbenle, Chief Justice of The Gambia, affirmed that the impact of Insight is being felt across the country. He therefore commended the principal of the school for using what he has to achieve the objective.
“When we go back to trading with ourselves, working with ourselves, relied on our rules and regulations can advance us forward and make more progressive,” he added.
by Omar Wally