Gambia Senior Secondary School –GSS- will represent the country in the Pan-African
Robotic Championship in Rwanda in March.
The school was crowned champions of the national robotics inter-schools competition following a tight contest between them, Marina International, Methodist Academy, SBEC International and SOS High School.
The competition brought together 10 senior secondary schools in the Greater Banjul Area and was funded and hosted by the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with the support of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST).
The event coordinator Khadija M Tambadou-Jabbie said the competition was designed to bring together schools to compete for a place in the Pan-African Robotics Competition –PARC- which will be hosted by Rwanda in March. “The competition was done in a two-round form where 10 schools take part in the first round in which Marina International, Gambia High School, Methodist Academy, SBEC International and SOS High School made it for the second and final round,” she said.
Medical Research Council The Gambia director Professor Umberto D’Alessandro expressed gratitude for hosting and funding the event, saying supporting students to develop their education in science and maths is part of MRCG’s mandate.
Mr. Umberto challenged the students to take their education seriously especially in the areas of science and maths. “We are living in a world of technology so the need to focus in the area cannot be over emphasised.”
Higher education ministry’s director of science, technology and innovation Mucktarr M.Y Darboe said his ministry is glad to be associated with the robotics program, “Because in everything one is doing now, it involves the use of science and technology in one way or the other.”