Ex-students of the class of 2009 of Armitage Senior Secondary School returned recently to give back to the school that helped prepare them become responsible persons in society, with a donation of materials worth around D50,000.
The school, located in Janjanbureh, Central River Region, received household items such as plates, refrigerator and sports materials.
The ex students also donated a new gate, microphone for the school mosque and plumbing materials.
Speaking, a member of the 2009 class, Sabiri Sanynag said the donation is part of objectives that made up the movement.
According to him, what they are trying to accomplish is to “instill a sense of responsibility” among former students and current ones.
He called on others to emulate them and give back to their alma mater.
“With the membership of ten percent as opposed to our target of fifty percent, the Armitage class of 2009 deemed it fitting to offer our profound generosity so as to ease some of the schools burden,” Mr Sanyang said.
He added: “In order to achieve our objectives of aiding our former school, we started monthly contributions of D100 since April 2016.
Region 5 Principal Education Officer, Saikuna Sibi, commended the donors, saying it is the noble thing to do towards national development.
He described Armitage as one of the oldest high schools in The Gambia with a recognition of discipline and academic excellence.
The Principal of the school, Sulayman Keita, said the materials could not have come at a better time, as his school was in urgent need of a refrigerator for the preservation of foodstuff including fish from the school’s fish pond.
Principal Keita assured that the materials will be duly utilized.
He also called on others to emulate the “exemplary move” of the Armitage class of 2009.
The board chairman of the school, Kauding Tambedou, hailed the donors for “immensely contributing in face lifting the school with a new school gate.”
Other speakers including Haruna Jallow, advised students to concentrate on mathematics while Malick Ndimballan talked up the benefits of having good plans for the attainment of personal and professional goals.