Gambia: Crab Island pays tribute to former school principals

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The board and administration of Crab Island Secondary School, now the Crab Island Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) Center, recently held a ceremony honoring past principals, who served establishment since its creation in 1958.

The event saw the naming of blocks and classrooms after former heads of the institution to preserve their memories.

The event held at the TVET premises in Banjul thanked the veteran educators for the selfless services they rendered in training the students/alumni who passed through it.

Chairman of the Crab Island Board of Directors, Ousman Sillah stressed the importance of recognizing people who have dedicated their lives in service to the nation.

“We hope that this modest gesture will signal a break with this attitude of nonchalance towards the past and thus set the tone for our society to begin to embrace the culture of honoring those who deserve honour. The Gambia as as a country, and the Gambians, as a people should begin a process of serious reflection by revisiting their past with a view to identifying deserving compatriots with the aim of recognizing their selfless service to society,” said Honorable Sillah.

Sillah, former parliamentarian from Banjul North promised the continuation of similar events in the future.

“Be prepared as we are going to invite you all back to join us in celebrating and honoring another group of illustrious personalities who are also connected to the rich history of Crab Island High School,” Sillah said.

Matarr John, Principal of Crab Island, gave an overview of the courses offered by the school.

“The Center offers seven (7) courses in the fields of solar installation, electrical installation, satellite installation, plumbing, construction, sewing and hairdressing. At the exception of the installation of satellites which lasts up to six months and the rest for the duration of nine months.Our courses are structured in such a way that there is an effective training of six months including examinations and evaluation and three months internship.”

The estate list of deceased former Heads of the School is as follows: Mr. Arthur Cates, Alhaji Matarr Sillah (Master), Charles G. Dixon, Alhaji AEWF Kama Badjie, Mr. James Abraham, Mr. Kekoto Manneh, Mrs. Awa Jow Auber and M. Pa Ebrima O. Faal.

Established in 1957, Crab Island Secondary School then offered basic and technical education to grades (7-9) before its subsequent closure in 2012 due to dilapidated structures.

The school was then transformed into a Technical and Vocational Training Center in 2021 to train dropouts aged 16 to 35.

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