Dec 15, 2011, 1:26 PM
Child Fund International the Gambia recently donated D5.7 million worth of educational books to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), at a presentation ceremony held at Child Fund’s head office in Kanifing.
The ceremony was presided over by the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Baboucarr Buoye, who commended Child Fund management for their continual support and collaboration between his office and Child Fund institution through their national director.
According to PS Buoye, his ministry had been partnering with Child Fund (CCF) for thirty years, thus they appreciated the support and intervention of Child Fund International the Gambia in complementing the efforts of government by improving the teaching and learning conditions of children, who are the future leaders of the country.
He pledged his ministry’s incessant support and partnership with Child Fund International the Gambia and thanking the Fund for its kind gesture.
James Pimundu, national director of Child Fund International the Gambia, said: “We have been working with MoBSE for the past thirty years with our core aims of complementing their efforts in protecting and developing the future leaders of The Gambia, and we are also working with the Health Ministry.”
They are also complementing the efforts of The Gambia government in its drive to better the lives of the Gambian children, he said.
The chairperson of the Advisory Board of Child Fund International the Gambia, Amie Colleh-Mbye, who is also the director of Basic and Secondary Education at the MoBSE, said one of the core values of Child Fund is to improve the educational status of the future leaders.
She disclosed that the cost of the Pearson books donated to her ministry is D5.7 million.
Mrs Colleh-Mbye added that Child Fund International the Gambia is complementing the efforts of the Government of The Gambia by giving support to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in the form of educational items, among others.
The donated books included 4,490 Algebra books, 1,433 Chemistry books, 80,773 Science books, 2,756 Geometry books and 848 Calculus books, 2,706 Earth Science books, 2,341 Physical Science books, 1,216 Biology books, 8,934 Writing and Comprehensive books, 7,391 Literature books and 1,198 middle grade science books.