7 November 2012

Gambia: The Invisible People Who Deserve National Honour Ex-Principal Hassan Jagne Laid to Rest

Ex-Principal Hassan Jagne, is a rare personality. This veteran educationist managed the affairs of Gambia High School at a time when it was considered to be among the most prominent educational institutions in the country. There are many people in position of authority today who benefited from his administration.

In addition to such a distinguished National service he also proved that he is an erudite intellectual by continuing to be a writer.

This expression of recognition of his great contribution in shaping the intellect, character and values of many prominent personalities in the Gambia is not meant to pay tribute to him but to draw lessons for the present and future generation to emulate. Hassan walked on this earth with a humility that makes him invisible to those who do not know him.

Those who knew him could not fail to see his disregard for pageantry and pomp. He looked down on pomposity and vain glory. He had no interest in capturing the public eye. He was contented with what he had and never sought to measure his worth by the properties he owned. He was satisfied with the simple and ordinary. He was never a burden to anyone. He once read the following words written by a scholar with watery eyes confirming the ethos of his life: "Ask of society what a descent life requires and ask for no more and give to society what its development requires and give no less."

Hassan was satisfied with the basics and was enthusiastic in giving every ounce of his mind and might to make the world a better place than he found it. In this respect he still lives as a role model .May he rest in perfect peace.

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