Epitaph to a Teacher ALIEU Sarr:
Alagi Yorro Jallow
Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un.
I’m speechless. Words can’t capture the magnitude of the loss of Koto Alieu Sarr. Death is a shadow that always; ALWAYS follows the body. A universal, inevitable phenomenon that picks the weak and the strong, the rich and the poor, young and old. “Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and own dying” (Martin Luther – not the King). Yes. All that live must die. It is a debt we must pay. In the words of Hilaire Beloc, “death is what even politicians fail to bribe or swindle, bully or blackmail”. Fare thee well, ALIEU Sarr: –
Koto Alieu Sarr was a brilliant, irrepressible, irreverent educator, a wonderful human being, a devoted husband and father, and a loyal and lovely friend to all of us who were privileged to know him. We first met at Sankwia village in 1983, a very close confidant to my father. I was immediately struck by the sharpness of his mind, kindness of his heart, and selflessness of his soul. His passion for youth progress was deep and infectious. I regarded him as my intellectual mentor. I learned a lot more from him, in his inquisitive and provocative discussions on wide range of issues. I’ll always cherish for his contribution towards my intellectual and personality growth. He was simply amongst the most compelling teachers and intellectual of his generation of exceptional head teachers.
We have lost a blossoming intellectual giant. I admired him, loved him, and will miss him, that mischievous smile of his, the flashes of extraordinary insight in every conversation, his uproarious laughter and joy of life, the authenticity of his humanity and irreproachable integrity and ethical life. Alieu Sarr is gone, is unimaginable in its cruelty, but it was a privilege to have known him, to have friendship with him, to have traveled the journey towards educating young people knowledge with him. For that we can all be grateful that he lived among us, enlightened young people’s lives, minds and hearts. He inspired lot of young people.
Alieu: You were so alive; ‘death’ is so inappropriate. You have simply transferred, transposed, translated, transited, transversed, transmuted and transcended. Alieu Sarr – a decent human being: you were so gracious, soft-spoken and open-hearted. Alieu; your faith and quiet deeds touched many, many hearts. All things bright and beautiful; the Lord God made them all. ‘He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell’. Alieu Sarr from Bakau (rest in Peace): May Allah grant you the highest Jannat-ul-Firdasu.