The late Mrs Harriet Ndow

The death of renowned Gambian educator, scholar and teacher, Mrs Harriet Ndow, commonly known as Mrs Ndow, has been announced by her family.

Mrs Ndow died on Tuesday, June 18 surrounded by his family. She was 93.

Mrs Harriet Ndow, a household name in the Gambia was a schoolteacher and headmistress for over 50 years.

Born on the 28th of October 1926, in an era where girls education was frowned upon, she was among the first Wolof Catholic girls to receive secondary education.

She attended St. Joseph’s Infant Primary and Secondary Schools before landing a colonial scholarship that took her to Achimota College Ghana to train as a primary school teacher.

In 1955, she later went to Portsmouth Training College in the UK, where she did leadership in primary school. She then proceeded to Oxford University to study Mathematics.

In 1963 she was appointed as head teacher of Kampama Primary School. In 1966 she was promoted to Serrekunda Primary School and served there until her retirement in 1981.

Mrs Ndow established her own schools under the Ndow’s Schools Group in 1981 which includes Ndows Comprehensive, primary and a nursery.

She was a great woman that has educated generations of Gambians who have gone to contribute meaningfully to national development.

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