Omar Cham earned 8 A's on the WASSCE, garnering national media attention. Growing up in Jokadu, North Bank, in a small farming town on the border with Senegal, Omar walked one and a half hours every day to attend lower basic school. But even before he had started school, Omar’s parents expected their eldest child to achieve scholastic success. His parents, Sulay and Naffy Cham, farm groundnuts and coose (millet) for their livelihood. His enterprising father ran a small bidik for a few years and then drove the town’s daily auto to the ferry terminal for a few more years. Completing grade 6 in ChissyMaJow, Omar lived with relatives in Kuntair to attend upper basic school and finish grade 9. Moving to Masroor Senior Secondary School for grade 10 through 12, first with a focus on Arts and then on Commerce, Omar promptly caught up with his Kombo peers and graduated with stunning accolades.
At Masroor SSS, Omar won several academic awards at graduation: Best Economics Student, Best Agri Science Student, Best Mathematics Student, Overall Best Commerce Student, Best Financial Accounting Student, Best Geography Student, and Best General Science Student. He was Assistant Head Boy, Head of his Class, President of the school’s Commerce Club and an active member of the Human Rights Club. The 8 A's Omar scored on the WASSCE broke his school’s record for exam results, held by his teacher who had earned 6 A's five years ago.
Omar says “My family is not strong in terms of finance so the KAM Scholarship I received really plays a very important role in fostering my education. The process was too hard but with the assistance I gained from my teachers, the KAM Scholarship, plus my family, I managed with the system to the full end. As the saying goes ‘Education is backed by finance.’ I therefore give a gigantic thank you to the KAM Scholarship Fund for their financial assistance.” Omar Cham has been a KAM Scholarship Student since 2014. The mission of the Kerr Alhagi Mallik Scholarship Fund is to provide Gambian students with access to quality education through academic scholarships which leverage their families’ own investments in their futures. The KAM Fund operates through the fiscal sponsorship of GambiaRising.
Will you help Omar achieve his dream of studying at UTG? KAM is a small program, focused on ECD to grade 12. Of course, the costs of UTG are much higher than even grade 12, so if KAM is going to be able to help him take the next step, they will need your help. 100% of anything you can donate will go to directly support Omar's studies. Please give anything you can.