Jun 26, 2008, 5:46 AM
The Gambian American Network (GAN) scholars’ project, which comprises patriotic Gambians living in the USA, has supported over 50 Gambian pupils in Madrassas, Junior and Senior secondary schools with school materials and fees worth over D170,000.
The GAN is based in New York City.
The students were chosen from schools and madrassas throughout the country including Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Brikama Methodist, Nusrat, Somita, Nioro-Jataba, Bakadaji, Nyakoi Senior Secondary schools and madrassas.
Each beneficiary from the schools received a school bag, dictionary, scientific calculator, mathematical set box, log table, exercise books, standard recommended textbooks for each of the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, supplementary readers, and cost of a school uniform.
The each of the madarassa beneficiaries received D3,500 towards their fees and other school needs.
The GAN president Alagie Jallow explained that the organization wishes to supplement the current efforts at making education accessible to all Gambians, especially diligent but indigent children. He said that his association wishes to help to make into a reality the dream of each Gambian child for access to good and sound education to enable them play a part in national development.
One of the beneficiaries expressed his deep sense of gratitude for the succour which he said will assist him in his desire to come out with excellent results in his Grade 12 exams next year.
Tumani Nyassi, the scholars’ liaison officer of GAN explained that his association will work to increase the number of Gambian pupils supported in the coming year and conveyed thanks to the entire GAN membership for their support and contribution.
He advised beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity offered so that they will make their parents proud. He commended Pa Jaata for his strong support and the entire executive for their good work.
He thanked the school authorities for their support.
GAN vice president is Emuran Saidy, secretary is Lamin Bojang, education secretary Fatoumatta Baldeh, publicity secretary Samba Jawo, scholars’ liaison officer Tumani Nyassi, Finance officer Ansumana Gaye, auditor general Adama Sanyang, health officer Fatoumatta Jaiteh, and social secretary Rugiya Touray.