Willem and Trudie Van Honk, Dutch nationals, recently renovated the toilets of Irma Kunda Nursery School in Bakoteh Bantaba and also donated learning materials to the school.
The donated materials included pencils, colors, exercise books and many other relevant learning materials.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the school grounds, Trudie Van Honk said their intervention is just meant to help the children get good education.
She said learning is what prepares young people for meaningful citizenship, employment, postsecondary education, and active participation in a global society.
“We hope more children will come to the school. Our mission and desire for the school is to ensure that children in this area get quality and affordable education. We believe with quality education the future of the country is bright,” she said.
For his part, the co-sponsor, Willem said although they are not rich they are determine to give back to the children in their little ways.
He reassured the parents and teachers of their continued support and collaboration whenever the need arises.
The school head teacher, Mohamed Musa called on parents to keep the children busy at home.
“I would call a PTA meeting very soon to discuss with the parents about the way forward of the Nursery school. Because we are aware of the fact that the school has lost quality over the years but we want to revive that by starting to keep the students for classes henceforth,” he said.
Musa who has been teaching for over 27 years further disclosed that a school fee has also significantly come down from D500 dalasi per term to D200 per term through the intervention of their sponsors.
“The school is now a different school and I want to assure the parents that we will continue to give our best whenever it is necessary,” he added.
Fatoumatta Sambou, a parent expressed her overwhelming delight to the sponsors and the teachers for the support they have been rendering to their children and assured them of her family’s continuous support.
Assan Badjie also a parent said the school has been very helpful to the community of Bakoteh. “I am very happy about the progress made by the school, because I am realising it in my children, they have improved significantly,” he remarked.