Sources : Daily Observer Newspaper
By Amadou Jallow
Ten students from various upper basic and senior secondary schools have benefited from the first edition of the Next Generation –NextGen – Foundation Scholarship Award, the secretary of the foundation, Musa Suwa told the Daily Observer.
Next Generation Foundation, also called NextGen, provides educational supports to Gambian young people through scholarships and training.
“We believe the future holds great promise for the next generation. We see a generation that makes enormous contributions to the world, and to their communities, if given the chance,” Suwa said at the scholarship award presentation.
He revealed that they received many applications out of which ten were chosen based on their academic excellence and financial need. “To be a winner, you must be the best in your class,” he emphasised.
Suwa called on the recipients to study hard for a better future, telling them that if they don’t make sacrifice today, they will suffer tomorrow.
“I also call on the parents to play their roles in the education of their children, as school is the only place for one to acquire knowledge.”
The president of the foundation, Ebrima Sawaneh, remarked: “In this era of rapid socio-economic and political development world-wide, education remains the bedrock of empowerment, and its recognition inspired the basic idea of sponsoring the advancement of our next generation leaders”. He said it is their hope that this investment will yield the desired dividends through utilisation of the scholarship for the intended purpose.
In Next Generation Foundation, he went on, every single youth matters, adding that youths are the next generation leaders and regardless of their parents’ income, they should have access to a basic quality education and support.
About Next Generation Foundation
Next Generation Foundation is an initiative that supports the development of young people in The Gambia. It offers scholarship and counselling to young people in The Gambia. The Foundation believes that every single youth matters and that once they are given food, clothing and shelter, there is no better way to break the poverty cycle than education. People help people; the foundation holds a strong belief that people should support matters that will ensure the future leaders acquire knowledge, capacities, skills and ethical values needed for development, good governance, peace and social inclusion.