Mandinka Basic Cycle School in the Lower River Region Nafugan Basic Cycle
School in the Upper River Region has benefited from bicycle and school bag
donations from Mission Gambia, a charitable organisation targeting to
complement government’s efforts in education. Buiba received 9 bicycles while
Nafugan got 7.
“The bikes are meant to ease mobility for the students as some of them walk long distance to school,” Agata Chybinska, founder of Mission Gambia told The Point in an interview, and added, “Our objective is to ensure that Gambian students’ mobility burden to and from school is addressed.”
The Polish philanthropist, who first came to The Gambia as a tourist in 2014, said Mission Gambia would continue to support Gambian students’ timely arrival in school by providing them with more bicycles.
She said the donation will no doubt enhance the situation of education at both schools; while urging the students to take good care of the bicycles. “When I visited The Gambia in 2014 as tourist, I found it important to support communities more especially those in the rural area. Since then, whenever I am coming to the country, I will bring educational materials to Buiba Upper Basic School and the village,” she stated.
She said Buiba Mandinka was the first community they started supporting, including renovation of some classroom blocks to provide a conducive learning environment to the students.
Mission Gambia coordinator Ebrima Keita called on the beneficiary schools to ensure proper handling of the bicycles, saying “education is crucial to the development and a valuable product in the growth of this country.”
Amadou Danso, principal of Nafugan Basic Cycle School said they are grateful to the donors, saying, “Without them, most of our students will be always coming to school late.”
Headmaster of Buiba School, Morr Sey, expressed gratitude to Mission Gambia and appealed to them to continue supporting Gambian students. He said students from his school travel long distance to school and others who are going to junior school trek for kilometres before reaching school.
Chairman of Buiba Mandinka School, Mr. Trawally said some rural schools are experiencing bad performances due to the difficulties students encounter when going to and from school.