FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

4 December 2012

Gambia: Netherlands Philanthropists Donate to Badala Nursery School

Ans and Ben Schepess, couples from Holland who just donated Brikama Health Center with hospital materials amounting to over D200,000 has also visited Badala Nusery school on Friday.

The couples call this school "their School" for they have been rendering assistance to the said school for several years. Infact, most of the solid buildings found at the school are built by the couple.

The ceremony was well attended by the community of Fagikunda and some parents of the students who are attending the school.

The chairman of the board of directors of the nusery school told the gathering that all the students who are attending the school are not paying a single dalasi to attend the school. Alkinky Sanyang Said most of their teachers are trained from the Gambia College and arrangements are on to see that the few ones that are not trained are also trained. He was quick to add that all the college funding is done by Ans and Ben.

Mr Musa Mendy who was representing the Education Minister at the presentation ceremony said the honourable minister of Education in the Gambia is aware of this couples' endeavour towards education in the Gambia and she even wanted to attend the ceremony personally. He said but due to other relevant engagements she could not make it to the ceremony.

Mr mendy said he knows how Badala Nusery started and gave a background history of the school to the public. The gentleman from the Education ministry said there were lots of private schools in the Gambia that do not meet the standard of the education ministry for operation, and a task force was set up to go and see all the private schools. He said whitin this region alone 84 schools were closed. He said because of the tireless efforts of the couples, the Badala school was rated very high among schools.

He said Badala has good classrooms which are European standard and that the school is also a big one and toilet facilities excellent. He thanks the Fagikunda community for the space and support provided for the school. He highlighted the importance of educating the children and finally thanks those who are not present at the presentation ceremony but were able to contribute to the materials brought to the school.

Mr Ben Schepess, the man said to be behind the initiative said he is glad that many people turned up to the presentation ceremony and that also shows them that what they are doing is being appreciated. He said when they met the board of the Nusery School they were glad to hear the kinds of plans they have for Badala school. He said it is very important to have a primary school in the school and they are also thinking about that. He said they are taking the teachers to the college for them to be qualified to teach the kids and be responsible for the bills. He said thay are very particular about children and that they are not doing this sponsorship alone but with some concerned family members and friends in Holland.

He then thanks the board members and promised to be working with them in the near future.

Mr Lamin Marong, the headmaster of the school gave the vote of thanks. He said they appreciate the gesture given to the school and that the materials would be put into good use.

At the end of the ceremony the donated items were formally handed over to the board of directors of the Nursery school who also handed it over to the school.

The ceremony was chaired by Sheik Alkinky Sanyang, the Chairman of the board of directors of Badala Nusery School.

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