4 February 2013

Gambia: Kuntaur Upper Basic School Inaugurates New Staff Quarter

Janjangbureh — Officials of Kuntaur Upper Basic School recently inauguratednew staff quarters as part of efforts to promote the welfare of the academic staff, and making the teaching and learning environment conducive for effective service delivery.

The ceremony held at the school grounds Niani District of the Central River Region North also saw a presentation of teaching and learning materials to the staff and students. The inauguration coincided with the visit to the school of 14 Danish student friends who were accompanied by two teachers and their principal from Helsingborg Little School in Denmark. The visit has since 1997 been an annual traditional undertaking by their Danish counterparts.

Speaking at the occasion, the team leader, Mr. Yan spoke of their delight to witness the inauguration of a staff building for the teachers. He noted that the project was initiated during their last visit when they saw the need to improve the living conditions of the staff. He disclosed that aa amount of D90, 000 was raised by the teachers and students of Helsingborg for the construction work, whilst labour was provided by the community.

The principal of the school, Lalama Manneh, described their friends as "genuine"noting that the new staff quarters willgo a long way in enhancingthe welfare of academic staff. "Some of the donated materials to the school include home science equipment, learning and teaching materials, among others, aimed at complementing the efforts of government in the realisation of the Education For All as enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals," he emphasised.

For his part, the link coordinator, Kaniman Camara, reminded the gathering that his brother Modou Camarainitiatedthe link in 1997, and noted that the objectives are to expose both parties to learn and share each other's traditions and cultures.

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