Jun 13, 2011, 2:15 PM
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Pastor Karamba Jassey, board chairman ADRA, said his organization is a non-governmental organization in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief, without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.
“Education is one of the key priorities of our government, if not the most important key to the development of any nation, because it’s a sector that builds and grooms our human capital,” he said.
He added that education is central to our activities as a country, because even as they continue to address complex challenges of skills shortage and skills development, they highly rely on its guidance in finding lasting solutions for our social and economic development.
According to Pastor Jassey, the project is called “Increase access to basic education”, and the focal point in this project was an integrated development initiative.
Attaining primary education is a fundamental right to every child, he said, adding that helping them means to improve their quality of life and providing coping strategies for poverty reduction.
The project prevents and directly contributes to the poverty alleviation efforts, he further stated.
Pastor Emmanuel Teteh, country director, told the gathering that the project started in 2011, when they completed and handed over a hundred furniture pieces to the school.
Pastor Teteh explained that young boys and girls needed to be fully equipped with knowledge, so that they are sure the future of this beautiful nation is built on solid and sound individuals.
According to Pastor Teteh, ADRA Gambia would continue to work with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, as well as their partners to improve the quality of education, through improvement of the infrastructure and equipment, as well as enabling communities to increasingly take responsibility for the education of their children.
Alhagie Landing Janneh, headmaster of the school, expressed happiness for the donated materials, while assuring the donors that the materials would go a long way in solving the sitting arrangements in the school.
He further assured the donors that the school and the community would take good care of the furniture.