By Ousman A. Marong
The Mayor of Banjul, Mrs Rohey Malick Lowe-Saidykhan has commended the management of the Presentation of Girls’ Vocational School (PGVS) in Banjul for their foresight in better equipping the students to acquire life skills.
Mayor Lowe-Saidykhan was addressing the students on Friday during the graduation ceremony of the school’s 16th batch of students from various vocational skills, coinciding with the school’s golden jubilee celebrations, marking 50 years of excellence in vocational training.
“I feel honored to have a classroom named after me as part of your golden jubilee celebrations. Words cannot express how happy I am today, and it means a lot to me,” she said. She urged the school authorities to jealously guard and preserve the maintenance and sustenance of the school.
As a mark of appreciation, Mayor Lowe donated D30, 000 to the school.
In her address to the students, the National Assembly Member for Banjul South, Honourable Fatoumatta ‘Touma’ Njai, said vocational training provides wider opportunities for the students, adding that, it also significantly contributes to the socio-economic development of the country.
The Principal of the school, Rosine Sanyang, said the school over the years had been at the forefront of providing vocational skills training as part of its efforts to develop the young people of the country.
“The school enrolment has been very encouraging, most especially in the home management and hair dressing section. The school has graduated several hair dressers, tailors and secretaries”, she added.
She said among those who graduated during the ceremony included eight students on hair dressing, 38 on home management and seven on secretarial. She however observed that financial challenges had been constraint for the less privileged to pursue their vocational careers.
“Sometimes students find it hard to pay school bills and scholarship remains a major challenge. We therefore appeal to NGOs and stakeholders to support and empower these young women”, she remarked. She therefore called on the authorities to help the less privileged students complete their vocational skills training.