11 February 2013

Gambia: Jersey Technical Junior and Secondary, Sohm LBS Get Assistance

At least 46 British volunteers over the weekend converged at Jersey Technical Junior Secondary School and Sohm Lower Basic School where they spent a whole day helping the students and teachers learn various skills, ranging from basic coaching, teaching and among other things.

The one-day programme availed them the opportunity to interact, share ideas, and discuss pertinent issues with the students, teachers and a cross-section of the community. They also presented some sets of jerseys, football materials to the school. The team of volunteers includes accountants, businessmen, General Managers, auditors, restaurant managers, teachers, football coaches, electricians and youth activists. It could be recalled that Jersey Technical Junior Secondary School began operation when Robin J. Mallet and his spouse Caroh Millet, the founders, built the school.

They initially started with a skills training center from 2007-2009, and withsupport from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education the school was transformed into a Technical Junior and Secondary School. Today the school has become one of the best among many other schools in the area. The achievement came through numerous assistance received from partners like John Walker and his wife who later joined the wagon in the transformation of the school.

Thursday was a special day for all the students in the village of Sohm. The group had a very interesting day of sporting activities, as a result of teamwork between three British charities, the principals of the village's schools and Babucarr Suwareh the director of Region Two.

Football Gambia is a UK charity that comes to The Gambia each year with 40 football coaches and youth activists.They went to Sohm and played various sports games with the students of the Lower Basic School and provided football training on the new pitch at the Jersey Senior Technical Secondary School.

Another UK charity called Sohm Schools Support (SSS) was pioneered by John Walker and his wife, who are very instrumental in providing books and learning materials for the two schools in the village. SSS are planning to bring two senior British teachers to Sohm later this month to do a teacher training programme for the teachers at both the lower basic and upper schools.

The teachers, Natalie and Nicola are from the Derwentwater Primary school in London, which is "twinned" with Sohm Lower Basic School.The London school has raised money to buy books for the schools in Sohm, for which everyone is very grateful.

The upper basic and senior school in Sohm, the Jersey Technical Junior and Senior Secondary School, were founded and supported financially by Robin and Carol Mallet, their friends and colleagues in the island of Jersey. Robin and Carol were present on the day and were pleased to see such good work happening at the school they have worked so hard to establish and support.

The principals of the two schools, Mr. Sambou and Mr. Bojang were delighted by the day's activities, which included singing and dancing presentations by the students at the schools and speeches.

The highlight of the day was when Ian Stapleton of Football Gambia presented the senior school with 50 sets of football kits and five footballs to be used by students in future matches; and the lower basic school with a wide range of play materials.

Mr. Babucarr Suwareh the Director of Region Two,thanked the British charities for their assistance and expressed hope that it would continue.

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