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First Lady donates D158,000 to Sukuta school

May 23, 2016, 2:19 PM | Article By: Adam Jobe

The First Lady and chairperson of Operation Save the Children Foundation, Madam Zineb Jammeh, on Thursday presented a cheque for D158,895 to Sukuta Upper Basic School for an educational excursion.

Sukuta Upper Basic School is to undertake an excursion to various heritage sites in The Gambia including a visit to the president’s farm at Jahali Pacharr.

Fatou Mass Jobe, executive director of Operation Save the Children Foundation, said the donation is in line with the strategic objectives of the foundation, founded by the First Lady in November 2014.

She said the excursion to be undertaken by the Agricultural and Environmental Studies Club of the school is motivated by knowledge seeking, self-development and the desire to know their cultural heritage.

“We believe that you can only incorporate culture in your daily lives when you understand a particular culture, and the best way to further understand culture is at the cultural heritage,” she said, adding that it is expected that the excursion will inculcate the culture of The Gambia in the children based on what they have learned.

Lamin Sanneh, deputy headmaster of Sukuta Upper Basic School, thanked the First Lady for donating to the students’ club to embark on the education field trip to places of cultural, historical and agricultural importance in the country.

“Learning cannot be limited within the four corners of the classroom hence the significance of exposing students to learn and see things beyond classroom,” he said.

Mr Sanneh said supports such as the one given to his school and many more in the past speaks volume of the Gambian leader’s concern for children.

“We promise that the donation will be used for the intended purpose and we pray that God bless the First Lady and the Gambia at large,” he said. MoBSE representative, Ousman Ceesay, said excursions are part of the extra-curriculum activities of schools.

He said the site visits expose students to the realities of what is at the visited sites and as such it becomes part of them.