Aug 26, 2009, 6:00 AM
Amy Coleman, a British national, recently renovated Abuko Nursery School and also donated learning materials to the school.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Amy Coleman said she has sponsored 136 children across the country through her charity organization called the ‘Love for Learning in The Gambia’.
She revealed that she travel to local organizations and groups in England and gives presentations about the work she is doing in helping schools to develop and the support she needs to help schools in The Gambia.
She explained that through the presentations she was able to get some help from Uppermill Methodist Church in the UK, which footed the renovation cost of the school’s roof and decorated the school grounds. This, she said, would place the school in an environment conducive for children enjoy learning.
According to her, she has tried to use British educational initiative so that the children could learn through interactions and play to develop love for learning.
Amy said she had used monies which she got from the charitable organization to support the school and shipped out many boxes of learning materials such as books and toys for the development of the children’s knowledge.
She finally thanked Victoria Jabbett a friend who always supports her to achieve her dream.
According to Ms Jabbett, she met with Amy in The Gambia and decided to assist her in her struggle to support Gambian schools and children’s education since they all came from England.
She said they have been working together to make the school nice and attractive for the children to have good learning environment and receive sound education.
She said they are now looking at how to get scholarship for the school’s teachers, teach the teachers the new learning skills and ensure they are paid, because it is a community school with no support from the government.
For his part, Yusupha Colley, head teacher of the school, expressed happiness about the gesture and thanked the sponsors for the good work they have been rendering to them.
Mr Colley finally assured the sponsors that they would make good use of the donated items.