Jul 28, 2010, 4:52 PM
The donation was made through the Rotary Club of Fajara under the presidency of Ebrima Touray.
The donated items included laptops, pencils, pens, secondhand clothes, chalks, colours, shoes, footballs, novels, among other learning materials and valuable items.
The presentation ceremony took place at the school grounds, and was attended by the former president of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Minyan Jobe, Sainey Manneh, a Rotarian member of Fajara Rotary Club, as well as parents and teachers.
The Rotary Club of Royden Revolve also presented an award to the Bright Star Nursery School, as a goodwill gesture and in appreciation of the school’s commitment in educating the pupils.
Receiving the items, the headmistress of Bright Star Nursery School, Madam Betty Gomez, on behalf of the school management and staff, expressed gratitude to the Royden Revolve Rotary club for the donation.
She said the Rotary Club of Royden Revolve had demonstrated a high sense of love for the people of the country, adding that this was not the first time they had been donating materials to the school through the Rotary Club of Fajara.
She commended the delegation for coming all the way from the UK to support not only the Bright Star Nursery School, but also the people of The Gambia.
She added that the donated items came at the right time, and assured the Rotary clubs that the items would be put to good use.
Madam Betty Gomez briefly gave the history of Bright Star Nursery School, saying it was established in February 2002 with seven children and one teacher.
According to her, as time went by the number increased and there was a need to expand to a primary school, which needed a staffroom for teachers and a classroom for Grade 6.
She disclosed that currently the school has employed 12 teachers, of whom nine have got their qualifications in various areas all geared towards providing quality education.
Speaking on behalf of both the Rotary clubs of Fajara and Royden, Sainey Manneh acknowledged the efforts of the Royden Revolve Rotary Club of UK for their love and care for the country.
He said this was not the first time they had rendered support to the school, and assured the headmistress that her concerns would be addressed by helping them to build more classrooms for the expansion of the school.
The president of Royden Revolve Rotary Club, for her part, said she was impressed by the performance of the school children, especially during their drama performance.
She said educating girls is key and that Royden Revolve Rotary Club is out to support the society and the community.
She assured all of more support to be rendered by her Rotary club.
In giving the vote of thanks, Ousman Bah, chairman of the board of Bright Star Nursery School, urged the parents to double their efforts for better preparation of their children.
He said parents need to prepare their children to have good attitude, and to provide them with good education.
Parents need to prepare them by ensuring that they are ready to face the challenges ahead of them, and that school is the best option in today’s world, he said, adding that “our structures of society are collapsing, but the school remains”.
He said the Rotary clubs coming to support a school are supporting generations yet unborn.
Mr Bah expressed his appreciation for the gifts, and thanked the donors for the gesture, which, he said, would go a long way in helping the students to read novels and write well.
He also commended the Rotary Club of Fajara for the donation and assured the donors that the item would be used for the intended purpose.