director of Regional Education Directorate region 3, Paul K. Mendy, has
underscored the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education’s aim in building
partnership with donors and philanthropists in strengthening access and
contributing to the attainment of quality education.
Mr Mendy was speaking recently in Sami Essau Lower Basic, Medina Serigne Mass Lower, Upper Basic and Senior, Jamagen Lower Basic and Kaba Koto Basic Cycle Schools during a supervisory visit of on-going works funded by MRC Holland Foundation.
He noted that the rehabilitation of class rooms, boreholes, solar power, toilets, staff quarters, library block, dining hall at Sami Essau, Medina Serigne Mass, Jamagen, Kerr Ngorr, Kerr Bohum, BantandingTukulorr and Kaba Koto Lower Basic, Upper Basic and Senior Secondary schools would contribute immensely in enhancing learning and teaching as well as contributing to the attainment of quality education and environmental sanitation.
The construction of additional classrooms has increased enrollment at Sami Essau Lower Basic School by 22% and a similar trend has been registered in other schools.
He noted that the magnificent support by the donor would continue to have positive impact on the advancement of children and teachers, citing the construction of staff quarters.
The Regional Education Director thanked the construction unit of Future in Our Hand (FIOH) and other sub-contractors for attaching great importance to the high quality of works.
He added that the support has enhanced effective learning environment and boosted the morale of teachers and students, noting that staff quarters, water facilities, classrooms and sanitation project would boost teachers’ morale.
Director Mendy reiterated the regional directorate’s commitment to ensuring proper upkeep of the facilities. He thanked MRC Holland Foundation for their invaluable support and cooperation in strengthening the development of education.
The strengthening of the education sector contributes to the development of the country’s human resources development and by extension further contributes to alleviate poverty in society, said Director Mendy.
JAN AND MAUREEN SCHARTEN of Holland Foundation underscored the importance the foundation attached to providing development aid to the Gambia education sector to enhance learning and teaching in schools in the North Bank Region.
The project, according to the visiting team is worth over D250 million for a period of three years. They expressed delight at the level of on-going construction works and assured of their resolve to support the development of education in the country.
The duo noted that the provision of quality education calls for concerted effort of all stakeholders and assured of the foundation’s fullest support in attaining quality education.
Alagie Touray of Medina Serigne Mass delivered the vote of thanks and appealed to donors to support the school with computer laboratory and provision of scholarships to deserving and needy students to attain their educational potentials and contribute to the attainment of the country’s human resource development.
The occasion was attended by the National Assembly Member for Lower Nuimi, community and religious leaders, students and a cross-section of the communities.