Gambia college students on cultural competition


Organised by the Ministry for Laundry and Women’s Affairs of The Gambia College Students’ Union, the competition seeks to promote Gambian culture among the students. It was punctuated by a display of cultural performances and a debate.

Speaking at the event, the minister for education, Mamadou Saidou Jallow, who doubles as the president of the Peer Health Club, said: “Culture is something that needs to be cherished. Today, new things will be learnt and we will observe the performance of one another’s culture.”

Also speaking, the Laundry and Women’s Affairs Minister, Awa Colley, decried the erosion of African culture. “The reason of calling for this programme is to sensitise and know one another’s culture. We are culture and culture is us. Therefore, we can’t just do away with it.”


The participated clubs were – Agricultural Club, Sports Club, English Club, Science Club, French Club, Arts Club, Peer Health Club, Creative Minds Association, Press Club, SES Club, Red Cross Society, and Maths Club. The Red Cross Society emerged first, followed by Art Club, Peer Health Club, and Press Club fourth. All the participants were awarded with certificates and prizes.  The occasion was graced by students of the college and a cross section of the community. 

Meanwhile, in a separate event, the education ministry of the Gambia College Students’ Union on Friday 16 May conducted a cleanup exercise at the campus. 

“I can’t describe the atmosphere of the college today,” Mr. Saikouba Ceesay, president of the the union told The Standard after the exercise. “The environment is very clean and as a result one can sit or go anywhere freely without being scared. I am urging the students to stop indiscriminate littering. Garbage bins are provided all over the college.” 


By Ousman Seckan