International The Gambia has presented two 40 and 20 foot containers of ‘Toms
Shoes’ to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) meant to
enhance retention of students in school in the country’s Upper and Central
River Regions. This is the 8th handing over of shoes to the Education Ministry.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the ChildFund national office, the fund’s country director, Musukuta Komma said they have been collaborating with different donors such as Toms, Pearson and other individuals for the past years to support ChildFund The Gambia with education related gifts such as books, shoes, and other school materials.
“As a child protection and development agency, we strive to tackle underlying causes of deprivation, exclusion and vulnerability. This is why we partner with Gambia government to ensure the promotion and protection of children.”
She said ChildFund and Gambia government have a common vision to support the development of all children living in the country, adding that the two parties have enjoyed deeply founded relationship for decades. “This is geared towards complementing government efforts in implementing the education policy and strategic plan as ChildFund and its partners are developmental-oriented institutions in child protection and development.
Adama JimbaJobe, deputy permanent secretary of MOBSE commended ChildFund and their Toms Shoe partner for deciding to help Gambian children to feel comfortable and happy to go to school.
He said ChildFund has been supportive to the government, particularly the education ministry for many years and assured them of a close working relationship at all time.
He also assured them that the shoes would be given to the appropriate and rightful beneficiaries who will be more than willing and happy for the gesture.