Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen
Tahir Ahmadiyya Muslim Senior School in Mansakonko, Lower River Region (LRR), on Wednesday celebrated the school’s 24 years of existence.
The school, which was founded in 1988, has produced outstanding students who are now serving in all sectors of national development. The colourful celebration under the watchful eyes of the principal of the school, Abubakarr Nyabally, was the first of its kind since the inception of the institution more than two decades ago. The event attracted lot of local dignitaries including the governor of the region, Lamin Darboe; principals of sister schools, teachers, board members, parents, present and past students, and well-wishers.
Also addressing the gathering, the governor of LRR, Lamin Darboe, described the celebration as an important occasion in the history of the school. Whilst urging the students to be more focused and determined in their quest to achieve educational excellence, Governor Darboe told them that in as much as teachers have a role to play, they (students) equally have a greater role to play. “As students, you need to give more time to your books and less time to social events. You should make the best use of the opportunities created by the government,” he admonished.
Governor Darboe stressed the need for discipline among the students, advising them that education cannot go in the absence of discipline. He urged them to have high respect for teachers and pay attention to the school’s rules and regulations. The governor, who was full of praises for the principal of the school, acknowledged that Tahir has registered tremendous achievements both in academic and sports under the current administration. “You the students should always aim high and be cautious of negative peer influence. You should know that you are the cream of the nation and future leaders of this country,” he stated.
The happier man of the day, Principal Abubakarr Nyabally, who initiated the event, reminded the gathering that the school was established in 1988, a year when there was a high need for a senior school in the area. He recalled that the first batch of the school registered a 100% pass in exams. “The school is moving forward and we are more committed than ever to mold the students to be assets in the society,” he affirmed.
He however noted that the progress and achievements registered would not have been possible if not for the support received from sister Ahmadiyya schools, teachers, students, community, board members, Office of the Governor, Ahmadiyya Jamaat, and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.