03 April 2008


The Inaugration of Three classroom by Socialis for the Gambia.

Socialis for The Gambia recently inaugurated three classroom blocks at Sanneh Mentereng kindergarten and lower basic school in Ghana Town (Brufut) in Kombo north, western region.

In her speech the Regional Director of Education for Region 2, Madam Mati Bouye, spoke at length on the importance of education. She said that educating the future leaders of the country was a step in the right direction. She then commended Socialis for The Gambia for complementing government efforts in providing quality, accessible and free education for all the pupils of the school.

For his part, the coordinator for Socialis for The Gambia, Mr. Hatab Beyai, said Sanneh Mentereng School started operations in 1999 with a total enrolment of sixty students. At this time it was a nursery school only. It later increased its enrolment to three hundred and seventy eight pupils and was both a nursery and lower basic primary school with a double stream up to Grade 4. One hundred and ninety four of the students are boys and one hundred and eighty three are girls. He said all this was thanks to Brigitte Flick, a German philanthropist and the pioneer of the school. According to Mr. Beyai, Mrs. Flick was here in the Gambia on holiday and thought it was important to established a school in Ghana Town. The idea was brought to the erstwhile Alkalo of Brufut who, without hesitations allocated a plot of land to the school for to be established. Mr. Man Fried Weigll, Vice President of Socialis for The Gambia, commended and thanked Hatab Beyai for a job well done. He said without him the school would not have been a reality. Mr. Weigll added that a technical workshop is being planned to equip young people with a trade.

Among the speakers were Adam Cham, National Assembly Member of the area, Mr. Jeng and the Alkalo of Brufut. All expressed their belief in the importance of education for young peoples. The inauguration concluded with a drama show by the Grade 1 pupils and also a cultural dance.

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