Jeggan Cole Memorial Foundation (JCMF) recently presented scholarship package to students of St Georges Technical Senior School, Upper River Region.
JCMF was founded in November 2014 and incorporated on the 15th day of January 2015. The objective of the Foundation is to provide educational support to needy and deserving students in Upper Basic and Senior Secondary Schools through its interrelated core programmes: scholarship, mentorship and service.
The scholarship programme, which is piloted this year in URR, is expected to expand to others senior schools within the region.
Speaking at the award ceremony, the deputy Governor for Upper River Region, Cherno Bara Touray hailed JCMF for the move, while urging the beneficiary students to make the best use of the opportunity accorded to them.
“I was totally move after reading the story of the late Jeggan Cole knowing the effective contribution he was doing which continues to impact on the lives of our Gambian children,” he added.
Deputy Governor Touray called on others to emulate JCMF in supporting national development crusade particularly in the country’s education sector.
“Jeggan Cole accord you this opportunity because giving back to the community was part of his dreams. Not all parents can do this for their children.” he stated.
For his part, Musa Sanneh, Coordinator of the Foundation in the region, spoke at length on the importance of the education, informing the gathering that the late Jeggan Cole was the only son of her mother.
Sanneh told the gathering that the late Jeggan Cole was a final year post-graduate computer science student in USA at the time of his illness, noting that his passion for education was notice since at his tender age.
He described the late Jeggan Cole as someone who was always willing to help others and volunteered in his community as community services was part of his daily activities.
The foundation, he went on, is not only helping needy students but other areas, recalling that in 2015 the foundation assisted victims of fire disaster at the Edward Small Francis Teaching Hospital.
“Today we are are delighted in witnessing this important award ceremony which is being piloted in St George Technical Senior Secondary School in URR.”
For their part, Momodou MS Camara, representing the Regional Education Director in region 6 and Kawsu Sillah, both echoed similar sentiments.
They called on the beneficiary students to make the best use of the opportunity accorded to them, so as to enable other students and schools to benefit from similar opportunities.
Sulayman Jallow, on behalf of the beneficiary students thanked the JCMF for the gesture.
by Momodou Jawo in Basse, URR