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U.S. Embassy Banjul Inaugurates schools in Kerewan and Mbollet-Ba

September 21, 2012

The United States Embassy in Banjul recently inaugurated renovations to two schools in the Mbollet-Ba and Kerewan communities located in the North Bank Region.  Both projects were funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program, with an investment of approximately $219,000 per school.  Two new blocks of four classrooms were built at each school. Two existing classroom blocks in Kerewan were entirely repainted and renovated.  In Mbolet Ba, new perimeter fencing and a steel gate were also constructed. 

The Ambassador and his wife were warmly received in both villages by village elders, hundreds of school children, community representatives and Mr. Sait Saine, the representative from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.  In his remarks, Ambassador Alford spoke of the enduring commitment the U.S. Embassy has to enhancing and improving educational opportunities for Gambia’s youth.  He commended The Gambia for its recent progress and stated that education will continue to be a priority in the longstanding partnership between United States and The Gambia.  Lieutenant Commander Justin Goss, the Department of Defense representative, echoed Ambassador Alford’s comments and reaffirmed the Department of Defense’s commitment to help in achieving this mission.

Along with both local and national dignitaries, Regional Governor Lamin Queen Jammeh thanked the Ambassador and spoke concerning the importance the Government of The Gambia has placed on access to education and the creation of suitable learning environments.  After the ceremonies, Ambassador and Mrs. Alford were given guided tours by school officials.