By Saikou Suwareh Jabai
Saamasang Youth and Children Development Association (SaYCDA), the umbrella body responsible for the welfare of youth and children under the Saamasang Federation, on July 25th 2016 commenced a month long summer school classes for 5 community associations (CA’s) in the Kombo Central District for the sponsored and enrolled kids from grade 4-6.
Omar Jawara, Chairperson, SaYCDA, said the summer school classes over the years have always been an annual youth program designed with the exclusive objective of creating vibrant learning environment for school going children within the district.
He said the aim is to complement the lessons of the normal school days and also to keep them busy away from other distractions.
Jawara noted that SaYCDA wants to provide the opportunity to the entire members and non-members of CA’s within the Saamasang Federation 5 community associations in the Kombo Central District and for them to take ownership.
He revealed that the targeted beneficiaries of this free service are the sponsored and enrolled children within the 5 CA’s as well as non-members.
“The current executive committee since assuming management has made a pledge to the member CA’s that they would come up with programs that are sustainable and meaningful in order to promote their welfare in their respective communities,’’ he added.
He extends his gratitude to the executive committee, CA executives and the Saamasang Federation for their continuous support towards the education of the children who are one of the core components of the Federation and Child-Fund.
He however noted challenges regarding the need for funding to facilitate the operations.
Omar Darboe, the administrator of Kabafita/Jamisa study classes, lauded the volunteers and parents for sending their kids to be part of the event promising that they would continue to stand for the young people within the district.
Palesse Gomez, the Bafulotto CA study classes’ supervisor, noted that there could be no important education and applicable one without promoting the grass root education for the younger generation, saying they as volunteers are very grateful to be associated with the event despite the fact that they have not received any funding.
Shiekh Tijan Nyassi of Penyem also describes the event as timely, adding that supporting young people to acquire education is part of social responsibility.