FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Ba'lal Foundation Awards Graduate Ceremony

The Ba'lal foundation in Soma town, Jarra West District, Lower River Region on Sunday 2nd December, 2012, has made an award presentation ceremony on the school ground at the Silicon Institute of technology and Professional Studies. Silicon Institute was founded by Ba'lal foundation based in Soma 2 years ago.

Mr. Alhasan Bah, the web manager of the foundation, gave a brief introduction of the foundation. He said that the foundation was initiated in June 2011.

The aims and objectives of the foundation are to equip and upgrade young children with the requisite knowledge of computer. Their vision is to motivate to upgrade young children in high literacy rate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Gambia, with a view to creating awareness and enlightening people on the importance of computer in the modern world through the motto "try to leave this world a better place than you found it".

Mr. Lamin Saidy, the regional disaster coordinator representing the regional governor LRR, Expresses his pleasure to stand before the gathering. Saidy talked about the importance of adult literacy as a key in the challenges of leadership; noting that youths are the future leaders of this nation and their plight should be given due consideration. He said that such initiatives will minimize illegal migration of young people of the Gambia. He advices the graduates to be role models and examples to their fellow students at their various schools and work places.

Mr. Amadou Bah, the executive director of Silicon Institute and the programme officer of Ba'lal Foundation, on his part rephrased that they were the founders of this association with international

Volunteers, Jacob Cokn and Sarah Cokn. Bah reiterated the goals of the foundation, saying that they did not only advocate for computer literacy but also leadership and management skills. He said that they also provide scholarship scheme for needy students who wished for education in skills development, promoting horticultural gardening, create awareness on ICT and the facilitation of e learning for the youths of the Region. He promised to offer 50 students with scholarship within the civil service and 12 needy students within the region.

Mr. Lamin Danso, Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) representative, region four, also expresses his delight in seeing young teachers in such initiative. He advised the graduates to make the best use of the computer Knowledge gained.

Mr. Peter Ebrima, the Vice Principal, Tahir Senior Secondary School, in a solidarity statement, also expressed happiness to see his former students as the initiators of this esteemed foundation. According to him, the development of this country The Gambia cannot go forward without youth participation.

Binta L Danso, one of the graduates delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of the graduates and also thanks their parents and staff for creating this enabling environment for them being the luckiest of the 50 students graduating that day with such knowledge in computer.

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