Ambassador and Mrs. Paschall Inspire Bright Rural Students

Ambassador Richard Carl Paschall and his wife, Jane Ellen, visited the Competitive College Club (CCC) members and teachers at the Sibanor Secondary school.  The duo expressed the importance of education and good life choices.  The Ambassador congratulated the students for the outstanding academic achievements that led to them being selected as club members. He underscored the importance the Mission attaches to education and said investing in education is investing in the future.  The Ambassador applauded the students for their community service.  Mrs. Paschall said it was impressed to learn that the CCC students understood the values of education.  Sharing her own experiences with mathematics and the sciences, she encouraged students to pursue STEAM fields.  She urged the students to understand that whatever they are doing at this stage in their life is critical for their own future and that of their country.  The CCC members took turns discussing the challenges faced by rural students, especially balancing their time for school and domestic chores.  Sibanor is a rural market hub for the West Coast Region. Students in the area face many disadvantages in comparison with their peers in the capital city.  The Public Affairs Office supports the school by sponsoring the CCC for the top performing students with the goal of empowering youth, enabling them to be competitive for university study in The Gambia and internationally.