Teachers and pupils of Kindergaten Erfurt Dindingo Eve, a nursery school in Mandinaba Village in Kombo East District, West Coast Region on Tuesday celebrated its 15th anniversary at the school ground.
During the cerebrations, the school was joined by other Early Childhood Development associations and parents in the West Coast Region. The ceremony was characterised by speeches and performances by the pupils.
In his remarks, Ansumana Jawo, headmaster of the school, said the occasion was a happy moment for both the teachers and pupils of the school, describing their 15 years of existence and continued provision of Early Childhood Development education as a great achievement.
Jawo informed the gathering that the school started when Jainaba Jammeh and Sirreh Gibba, two dynamic ladies from Mandinaba showed their commitment and desire to provide education to the infants.
He revealed that Leonard Brunnet began sponsoring the school in its early days and later Claudia Stoischek-Jagana took over with a team of donors. “They pay the staff salaries and even provide food and healthcare for pupils of the school,” he said.
He thus thanked the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for their support, and informed that his school has now adopted the Ministry’s six areas of curriculum.
The headmaster also thanked the community of Mandinaba and the Kaira Nyining ChildFund-affiliated federation for their continued support to the school.
Welcoming the gathering, Sulayman Drammeh, 6-year-old pupil of the school affirmed that celebrating the school’s 15 years was a joyous moment for both the teachers and his mates in the school.
He thanked the school’s German sponsors for their commitment to the development of the school, assuring that the school will continue to nurture good morals in the pupils.
He also appealed to parents to give focus on their children so that they can become responsible parents.
Alieu Dampha, another 6-year-old pupil of the school, acknowledged that the school is providing them with education, food, health and a conducive playing environment free of charge.
“We are grateful to our donors and we want to assure them that we will always strive to learn to become responsible parents in future,” he said.
Angelika Heller, a board member of the Kindergarten Erfurt in Germany, recalled that 15 years ago some people came together in Erfurt, in Germany, and conceived the idea to support the school. “Since then, we started with one building and now added a second one with a dining hall, feeding and health pragramme.”
According to her, their efforts are meant to support children in education for them to become productive citizens.
Madam Heller stated with all the successes they have made they still face some challenges, saying their support depends on donors’ ready to give support.
“But we assure that we will continue to support the kindergarten. We hope that the collaboration will continue moving from one step to the other,” she said.
Dembo Kuyateh, on behalf of the Mandinaba Village Development Committee, reminded parents and caregivers that they must all put hands together to give the children the best education.
by Awa Gassama