The coming of the transitional government in The Gambia in 1994 can still echo in the minds of those young Gambians who had either witnessed the time when they were going to school or were even not born.
These young people can today stand to number out the numerable developments that were registered by the APRC government under the leadership of President Jammeh. The latest students to recognise and stage discussion on this development in the country are the writers clubs of Kinderdorf Bottrop Technical Senior/Secondary School in collaboration with Siffoe Senior Secondary School. The Bottrop students’ writers club last Thursday organised a day symposium on the theme: ‘Development under APRC government from 1994 to date’ held at the school grounds in Brikama.
In his welcome statement, Sulayman Touray, president of Bottrop writers club, hailed President Jammeh’s heroic developments especially in the area of making education reliable and affordable to students. He explained that due to the developments registered by the APRC government since 1994 to date, The Gambia is today on the right path toward the attainment of Vision 2020. The writers club of Bottrop, Touray added, has made significant achievements since its inception, with its aim to instil good writing skills in students. He thanked the Brikama Area Council for supporting the symposium. He also thanked the Education department and the government of The Gambia for bringing education to the doorsteps of every Gambian student.
Lamin Camara, vice principal of the school, described the symposium as an intellectual exercise and a step in the right direction. He told the students that an educated person is the one who knows little about everything. He added that the developments registered under the APRC government since 1994, are numerous. “Since the time of transition, many infrastructural developments were made [including] road construction,” he said, urging students to be steadfast and always take their education with seriousness in order to accomplish the hopes that their families and the nation have on them.
Ebrima Sankareh, social and environmental studies teacher at the school told students that the change of governments in The Gambia in 1994 had marked a new development era in the history of the country. According to him, when the then AFPRC government took the mantle of government in 1994, the first development was the construction of the Farafenni General Hospital, which serves as the opener to all the robust developments that are today enjoyed by Gambians. “The creation of scholarship trust funds for the girl child, were also among tremendous achievements registered under the APRC government. The establishment of the University of The Gambia, hospitals, schools (both Lower and Upper Basic Schools, as well as Senior Secondary Schools), construction of bridges and promotion of culture among people has moved Gambia high on the map of West Africa” he concluded.