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Meeting the responsibility society owes itself

Mar 16, 2015, 10:06 AM

The support being given to the growth of education in The Gambia has continued to do a lot of good to the lives of school-going children in this country.

Institutions and individuals in the public and private sectors are contributing their quotas to providing quality education, through the countless number of assistance they give to students and learning institutions in the country.

One of the institutions that have been at the forefront of helping students acquire education in this country is Trust Bank Gambia Limited (TBL).

Over the years, since its inception, TBL has been playing a pivotal role in supporting children to acquire quality education.

In addition to the numerous assistance it renders to education and sectors such as health, environment and sport, the bank also has a special sponsorship package it offers to 10 most outstanding students in various schools across the country.

On 11 March 2015, Trust Bank Gambia Limited held its 12th edition of the Excellence in the Millennium Awards ceremony for the ten most outstanding students of the Gambia Basic Education Certificate Examination Class of 2014, at the Laico Atlantic Hotel in Banjul, where it gave handsome prizes such as remarkable certificates, substantial cash and other invaluable gifts to outstanding students and their schools, to encourage them to do more, as well as to promote education and complement the efforts of government in providing quality education to all.

This is one of the hallmarks of the bank that show that it remains passionately committed to the promotion of quality education as a prerequisite for national development.

According to the bank’s managing director, the Excellence in the Millennium Awards was conceived to both recognize and motivate students for their outstanding performance.

“Trust Bank’s contribution to the education sector was very recently boosted with a donation of D200,000 to both St. Augustine’s Senior Secondary School and Armitage Senior Secondary School to help in the procurement of much-needed aids for the teaching of science in these schools,” the bank’s MD said at the award ceremony.

In the same vein of promoting quality education in this country, Trust Bank has maintained a longstanding cooperation with the Rotary Club in their effort to build a fully-equipped science lab for the benefit of senior secondary schools in the Greater Banjul Area.

Trust Bank has so far committed close to D2 million on this laudable initiative, according to the bank’s managing director.

The bank has also continued to make annual donations to schools at speech and prize-giving days, including the Convocation Ceremony of the University of The Gambia.

These are laudable efforts of the bank, expressing the value it places on the education of children of this country.

Education is the soul of a society. It passes from one generation to another and continues to take a nation from one level of development to another.

The essence of education cannot be overemphasised, as it is the key that unlocks the golden door of freedom.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States of America, once said: if a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and will never be.

So we can say that in every facet of life, education is primary, and it must be nurtured for the good of our society.

We therefore commend Trust Bank for its invaluable contribution to the promotion of education in this country. It is a greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state.

Keep it up!

“Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.”

Robin Cook