30 November 2012

Gambia: Bottrop Schoolgets D2.6 Million Multi-Purpose Hall

Kinderdorf Bottrop Technical Upper Basic and Senior Secondary Thursday inaugurated a new multi-purpose hall at its grounds in Brikama. The Kindergarten Wattenscheid and the Kinderdorf Bottrop project in Germany sponsored the construction of the hall at a tune of D2.6M.

"Bottrop today can boast of producing hundreds of Gambians who are now serving in both public and private institutions," Momodou N Samateh, the principalsaidwhile addressing the gathering. He also said that the school has waited for decades to have an assembly hall and now it is available, it would immensely contribute in enhancing an efficient learning environment.

He further told the gathering that the provision of the hall would also facilitate easing of the constraints on both internal and external examinations as well as assembly, meetings and community gatherings. While commending and thanking the efforts of their German sponsors for always standing by their side and supporting them for both the hall and other projects, Samateh assured that Bottrop will always remain grateful to them. He also assured that the facility will be responsibly managed and run.

Wolfgang Gerrits, chairman of the Kinderdorf Bottrop project, described the inauguration of the hall as one of the most important days in the history of Bottrop. He stressed that supporting is a very hard challenge in life, adding that the donors have worked extremely hard to ensure the provision of the facility.

While calling on the management, students and parents to ensure making the best use of the facility and taking ownership of it, Gerrits remarked that education is a key to success everywhere. He said in the past, they were able to realise lots of successes in the Kinderdorf project and they are still working hard to enhance Gambian education. "The success of the project is the success of both the Bottrop board and management and even the project in Germany," he further remarked.

Bakary Ceesay, the principal education officer, Region 2, acknowledged that the availability of the facility would be a boost to quality education in the school. He called on the management, board and students of the school to ensure taking good care of the facility while assuring them of his office's commitment in the enhancement of education in the region.

Speaking on behalf of the chairman of Bottrop Board of Governors, Ebrima Ceesay, a senior teacher at the school, said society could only be developed if all efforts are galvanised towards one direction. Ceesay opined that the coming of the hall to Bottrop would be a life changing development that will positively contribute to the development of the education sector. He then emphasised the need for the community to fully participate in the business of education, saying that it is a vital move that can also positively contribute to education.

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