May 4, 2009, 7:50 AM
The National Environment Agency (NEA) on Friday 4th June donated materials, ranging from measuring tapes, rakes, wheelbarrows, plastic waste bags, among others, to five schools within the coastal communities for their sandwich activities in environmental protection, at a ceremony held at the NEA office in Kanifing.
The beneficiaries included Bakau Lowe Basic Schools, Serrekunda Lower Basic School, Bakoteh Lower Basic School, Ndows Comprehensive School and Latrikunda Lower Basic School.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, on behalf of the Executive Director of the National Environment Agency (NEA), Mrs. Ndey Sireng Bakurin said young people of The Gambia would have a significant impact on how our future unfolds. She stated that there is every chance that their influence would always have positive impact on the environment, most especially young people who are the future leaders of the country.
Mrs. Bukurin asserted that climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of sustainable development and a key action theme in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).
"We work with schools in The Gambia on Environment and Climate Change Education in order to enable students to make informed and responsible decisions," she added.
She underscored the importance of development of good practices and innovative educational materials in climate change education as a key element in strategy to meet the pressing educational needs of the future generation.
She noted that the materials would go a long way towards positive environmental protection, particularly on awareness of fragile nature of the marine and coastal environment and the need to use it wisely.