Sep 13, 2012, 9:55 AM
As many as nine schools in the country, specifically from Regions 1 and 2, this week received educational materials from the Friends of The Gambia (FOTG), an organisation based in Belgium.
The members of the organisation have been in the country for the past eleven days purposely to render support to Gambian schools.
The beneficiary schools included Nyodema Nursery, Bakoteh Proper, Annex and Upper Basic Schools, as well as St. Therese's Lower Basic School all in Region 1. Other beneficiaries were Jambanjelly Day Care, Nursery and Basic Cycles and Siffoe Lower Basic Schools in Region 2.
Speaking at the various schools, the Chairman of FOTG, Patrick De Vos thanked heads of schools for their co-operation.
Mr. Vos advised students and the heads teachers to make the best use of the items donated to them. He pledged his organisation's continuous support to the Gambian schools and children, provided the items are put into its intended purpose.
He promised Bakoteh Proper that come next year his organisation will electrify all grade two blocks, while grades 1-6 classrooms will be equipped with a computer lab.
For her part, the Head Teacher of Nyodema Nursery, Mrs. Mriama Secka Darboe expressed profound gratitude to Patrick and the delegation for the assistance rendered to them.
According to the Headmistress, Patrick and his organisation started sponsoring students in her school far back in 2002, when they started bringing educational items for the school.
The Head Mistress of Bakoteh Annex Anna, P. Coker applauded the organisation for their kindness. She promised that the items would be put to good use.
Bakoteh Proper headmistress Mrs. Chaw informed their friends that the computers, which were earlier donated to the school are being used by students. She also thanked them for opening a mini-clinic in her school, adding that government cannot do it alone.
Patrick De Vos and the team on Tuesday also presented medical items to Jammeh Foundation Health Clinic at New Yundum and bags of rice to their sponsored students.