Dr Ismaila Ceesay a senior Lecturer and the head of Political Science department at the University of The Gambia (UTG) has charged students who have graduated from Scannaid Upper and Senior School to be disciplined.
Dr Ceesay last Saturday gave an inspirational speech on discipline as hundreds of students graduated from Scannaid Upper and Senior School.
Dr Ceesay who is recognized as one of the most influential youths in Africa and known for his excellence in the fight for freedom of expression and human rights urged the graduates to maintain discipline in all their engagements.
“Today, I attribute my success to discipline and discipline more than knowledge played a key role on my path to success,” he said.
Dr Ceesay, honored by many for his Pan-Africanism and his humanitarian activism in the new Gambia described discipline as the a concept which involves doing what is required consistently in order to achieve the desired set goal in life.
“Discipline is the key to success in education…Education is about values as well as knowledge and skills,” he said values such as respect, courtesy and consideration are the foundations of a civilized society.”
Furthermore, he said even nature is governed by certain laws to maintain perfect harmony and beauty, nature is discipline and everything in this world is expected to follow the discipline.
He enthused that discipline should be inculcated from a very young age; talent and genius alone are not enough to achieve success -discipline has an equally important role to play in national development.
“The fact that development rests squarely on individual discipline has never been more apparent than it is in contemporary times. Empirical evidence has shown that societies in which discipline is at its highest are also the fastest developing whilst the least disciplined societies only witness ever worsening conditions,” he highlighted.
Moreover, he urged the graduating class of 2019 to not let cynics limit their horizon and their resolve to reach the stars.
“See opportunities in every obstacle, in every challenge… and always remember that every challenge is an opportunity to succeed as the human mind is pre-programmed with the ability to embrace challenges,” he said.
Finally, he argued that without discipline it would be extremely had to be success in all works of life.
“Class of 2019, we need you. The world needs you. Go out and change the world. Be the best versions of yourselves and make us all proud,” he concluded.