lower basic schools have benefited from a donation of twenty-three cartons of
reading books, from a British rotary club; Darwen Rotary Club through the
Rotary Club of Bijilo, meant to support schools with limited reading materials.
In partnership with the Gambia National Library Services Authority (GNLSA), the books will be distributed to lower basic schools. The books were presented by the Rotary Club of Bijilo to GNLSA on Tuesday.
The Rotary Club of Darwen is a non- profitable organisation created in 1933, with male and female members who give services to their communities and country. The Bijilo Rotary Club established in 2018, targeting to complement humanitarian effort at community level.
Aja Maimuna Williams, president of the Rotary Club of Bijilo said the books will help to inculcate the culture of reading in students in their pursuit for educational excellence. “On behalf of the Club and school children of The Gambia, we thank the Darwen Rotary Club for the benevolence and encouragement.”
Lamin FM Jaiteh, Principal Education Officer of Region 1, said the books could not have come at a better time than now when the Basic and Secondary Education ministry is challenged and concerned by the reading culture in Gambian schools.
He said The Gambia is battling with quality education, saying as long as children can read, there is a tendency that they will improve in their performance and their learning outcomes could be achieved.
He applauded the club for the good gesture and assured them that his ministry will continue to partner with them to improve quality in the education sector.
Matilda Johnson, Director General of The Gambia National Library Services Authority thanked the two clubs for recognizing the national library which she said has given the library a standing value to enable them to distribute books to schools with limited reading materials.