Help The Gambia to Learn, an organisation based in Holland on Saturday inaugurated a new multi-purpose skills centre worth over D1m at Penyem Village. The inauguration ceremony was held at the new centre.
The skills centre, which has been furnished with typing machines, library, sewing machines, literacy classrooms, wood workshop among others, will serve not only as a vocational school but also as a citizenship education school for children and the youth.
Officially inaugurating the skills centre, Babucarr Suwareh, the Regional Education director of Region Two, spoke on the importance of skills training. The skills centre could enable this organisation to build a strong civil society in Penyem and its surrounding area by empowering students, youths and the community.
He expressed hope that the centre will play a significant role in making a difference in the admirable work the organisation already carries out.
Suwareh told the youth that they are the future leaders of this country, and expressed hope that the centre would help them to expand their horizons.
Corrie Jordan, the chairman of the organisation, explained that the charitable organisation is based in Holland. She disclosed that they have plans to build a lower basic school in Penyem.
The coordinator of the organisation, Bakary Kujabi disclosed that the organisation is sponsoring over 400 students in Penyem and its surrounding villages. He thanked the organisation for the gesture and assured them that they would make good use of the centre.
For his part, Kalilu Kolley, the alkalo of Penyem thanked Corrie and the group for the gesture. He said their dream of getting a skills centre has been realised.