Hospitality institute seeks funds to boost curricular activities

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By Momodou Torp

The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute, GTHI is seeking means to boost the institute’s curricular activities to improve the standard of its students.
“For the past two years, we have reviewed our curriculum and are trying to increase our scope so that students can work beyond the tourism and hospitality industry – like the banking industry or other sectors which requires a good host, customer care agent and so on,” Dawda Nyang, director general of GTHI said in an interview with The Standard.
According to him, the institute needs a training hotel where students can do their practical to enhance their skills.

“We need more money because there is one area that is in high demand. We struggle to train students on cookery and pastry and sometimes we have a high bill of maintenance cost,” Mr Nyang said.

The institution trains at least 400 students every year. “If an institution is doing this, I think it should be given priority by government. I am not saying we are not given priority but we would like to have more funds from government after; all, it is tax payers’ money,” he said.
Mr Nyang said his dream is to take the GTHI to internationally recognized standards.