Amadou G. Bah, 18, from Dobo, is studying accounting at the university. Amadou says the SSF campus inSerrekunda, where he lives, “provides a place to study, a library with computers for research, and senior students who can help the younger ones. So it’s a good place for me to be.”
Ba Alagie Conteh, 18, from Bani, is the first of our students ever to join the university’s law school. He thinks he might be interested in becoming a defense lawyer in criminal cases. He’s a member of SSF’s Gambian board, working on communications.
Alieu Darboe, 17, is the son of a former Islamic studies teacher (now deceased) at the Salikenni School. Alieu wants to be a doctor. But his one poor grade, a bare pass in math, made him ineligible for the medical school. He’s now majoring in Islamic studies, which does not require math. He’s studying math on the side and hopes later to transfer to medicine.
Pa Yorro Darboe, 21, is the son of a teacher (now deceased) who at one time was posted in Salikenni. Pa finished high school in 2014 with one weak subject: English. He studied accounting at a local business college, while at the same time taking a remedial course in English at our expense. He raised his grade in that subject and has been admitted to the university, majoring in economics.
Buba Njie, 22, is the son of a Salikenni farmer. Buba finished high school in 2013 and spent two years studying accounting at a business college. At the same time, he took a remedial course in his weak subject, math, re-‐sat the exam and qualified for the university, where he’s studying political science. He strongly argues the case that education is a better choice than the dangerous “back way” to Europe. “If you finish your education in The Gambia, you can fly all over Europe,” he says. “You can attend a conference. Going the back way is really pointless.”