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Damn good Egon – or what?

Damn good Egon – or what?

The GAMES study tour also offered a visit to the “Skagen School” in southwestern Gambia, where a bunch of enterprising North Jutland ensures more than 700 Gambian children a good schooling. It was a meeting with a completely different kind of development assistance than the one that GAMES works with.[/vc_column_text]

It is impossible not to be impressed by Egon Mejer Kristensen. He is actually from Hadsund, but has lived many years in Skagen. He is a former carpenter and FORD dealer and now a retiree, but still a wandering energy bundle. We meet him at the local school in the village of Sambuyan in southwestern Gambia, where the association Skagen Skolen – which Egon is vice chairman – pays for more than 700 children’s schooling.

Egon is on one of his regular visits to the school and, as usual, in the work clothes. He is here to do something: locomotives, school furniture, water supply, you name it. Egon manages it. His commitment instead, in school, in the children who roam around us, in the teachers – in the whole – is evident. The same is his – well enough, the underprivileged pride – of what he and the many other volunteers from Skagen School have done in the Gambia. But it now does not blur his gaze for the challenges that the work also offers: “I lock the container with tools when I go home to Denmark. Otherwise it will disappear, ”he says.

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