By Olimatou Coker
& Mariam Sankanu
Jurarim Youth Excellence Foundation recently completed its annual free summer classes for upcoming grades nine and 12 students.
The classes were organised at New Life Centre in Kanifing attended by scores of pupils.
Coordinator Felix Malou said the foundation has been instrumental in the lives of the many underprivileged students including orphans.
“We even pay school fees for some students, provide them with clothing, uniforms, pens and all the materials they need for their education,” he disclosed.
Describing this year’s classes a success, Malou said the foundation now eyes owning its own boarding school in its drive to play a greater role in advancing education in The Gambia.
Foundation CEO, Matthew Gomez, said he was glad to participate in the free lectures, “because I want to help all those Gambian children who want to go to school in order to better themselves, but due to financial constraints, they are deprived of the opportunity.”
He revealed that the foundation was sponsoring at least 225 students, but that the number dropped to 120 with some graduating and others dropping out of school.
Momodou Senghore, an English teacher, said the summer classes are helpful to the students.
“It is no secret that most of the students who took part in the programme, secured very good results in their GABECE and WASSCE,” he pointed out.
The foundation was established seven years ago.