May 23, 2008, 4:37 AM
The Arabic students of a group known as Family Gambia recently paid a courtesy call on the regional education director of region two in Brikama.
According to its members, Family Gambia is an NGO in Liberia and Sierra Leone working with Gambian children and youths in the area of computer and English literacy, as well as peace education.
In briefing the regional director, Abdoulie M Kanteh, a student of Family Gambia and an Arabic teacher thanked the officials of the Ministry of Education for the warm welcome.
He said that the purpose of meeting the regional director was to discuss the importance of Arabic students and teachers to learn how to read and write in English in schools.
According to him, as English is the official language of the country, that was why his organization come up with teaching English literacy.
He said that right now as the program moves to level two they are facing financial constraints to continue the English course.
Mr. Kanteh appealed to the government as well as the international organizations through the regional director to support their organization.
Speaking earlier, Patrick S Nagbe international coordinator for Family Gambia also thanked both the director and senior education officers region two for giving them the opportunity to meet with them.
He added that Family Gambia is a regional educational humanitarian NGO established in the Gambia and located in the community of Lamin Sanchaba, with the purpose of helping Gambian children and youths in the area of teaching in peace education, English and computer literacy.
Momodou A Jang, of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education commended Family Gambia for giving assistances to the Arabic students.
He said the students were lucky to be associated with Family Gambia and advised them to be focused and serious on their studies, as it is necessary for Arabic students and teachers to learn English.
Ebrima Ceesay also from the Ministry of Education said this was a good move, while advising them to take English very seriously as the Ministry is interested in Arabic students learning English.
Musa Bayo and Fanly Badjie both asked the Arabic students to be vigilant.
Other speakers included Malang Kuyateh, senior education officer region two, Lamin A Dahaba, and Haddy Ceesay of Family Gambia who thanked officials of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for the meeting.