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Ambassador Soulayman Daramy visits Sierra Leonean established school in The Gambia

Ambassador Soulayman Daramy visits Sierra Leonean established school in The Gambia

“Educationally, you are contributing to the manpower of a sister country”- says:- Ambassador Daramy.    

His Excellency the Ambassador of Sierra Leone to The Gambia, Ambassador Soulayman Daramy on Friday November 14, visited three schools set up by a Sierra Leonean that had lived in The Gambia for 28 years.  (Photo: Ambassador Daramy being welcomed with water)

The well known, established and separately set up Co – education Yakamu chain of schools, named after a caring woman of children in a community in Sierra Leone, comprises of a Nursery, Lower Basic Primary and a Upper Basic High School, called the Da Vinci Technical Senior Secondary School with over 1,000 pupils, are located at the Nemasu Lay Out in Bundum through the vision of its Sierra Leonean Proprietor Mr. Lamin Kandeh.

Speaking at the Nursery school to the children after being welcomed by songs and presented with a bouquet of flowers, the seasoned Ambassador expressed how happy he was to have been invited to see for himself the vision and product of a citizen of Sierra Leone imparting knowledge into pupils of a sister country.  H.E. referred to him as a true Ambassador of his country.

Ambassador Daramy standing with the Proprietor as he addresses

Ambassador Daramy standing with the Proprietor as he addresses

Trying to be at their levels, Ambassador Daramy told students to study hard and do their home work, be clean, and always come to school; and as children they should play as much as they study and above all be obedient and honor their parents and teachers.

“Teaching minors and watching over them is not an easy task but as I look at them they are well dressed and neat.  Therefore I want to commend both teachers and the Proprietor for their contribution to the economic development of The Gambia through education,” he said.

At the Yakanu Lower Basic Primary School and High School, Ambassador Daramy was welcomed and addressed by the Principals of both schools. They gave him a short background of their schools, courses and performances.

Addressing the pupils and teachers, Ambassador Daramy acknowledged them to be studious and hard working and encouraged them to put the interest of their schooling and work above all else.  He said it’s a big pride for all citizens of Sierra Leone to see the accomplishment of such a venture being put into reality. “This man is no doubt an Ambassador of his country and a bright example to all” he said

He cautioned the pupils against behaviors contrary to the aims and objectives of their school but rather to put their shoulders to the wheels and make perfection real in their quest for knowledge, responsibility and become role models by setting good examples in and out of school.

“Go for gold, by studying hard for your public exams and get very good results, as that would put your school on the educational map. It would also make your Principals and teachers proud” he advised. The Ambassador promised the Embassy’s support and subsequent visits to the school.

He was decorated by a High School pupil with an emblem of the Sierra Leone national flag.

The Sierra Leonean born proprietor of the school Mr Lamin Kandeh said the school had produced many graduates that had impacted on its existence responsibility and credibility to make it better compare to other schools.  “The Nursery has a roll of 300, Lower Basic Primary 200 and High School 500 plus, giving a total of over 1,000 pupils” he informed.

He expressed his satisfaction as a Sierra Leonean in The Gambia Contributing to the economic growth of his country of resident. He took the opportunity to pray for President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and People of his native country and in addition that the deadly Ebola virus will be eradicated soon in the region.

Smiling, he had this to say “I am married to a Gambian woman with children.” He promised his cooperation and that of his school to the Embassy.

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