Feb 6, 2012, 3:11 PM
Standard Chartered Bank believes that education provides a platform for the development of people and communities and thereby the progress of communities.
In its bid to make a positive impact in the communities it operates in, the Bank sponsored the final competition of the Bansang Cluster Education Committee’s Inter-Schools Debate and Quiz competition as an indication of its commitment to being a force-for-good for the progress of this country, for its people and communities
According to a press release issued by the bank, the quiz/debate competition involved 10 schools; 1 senior secondary school, 1 upper basic school, 2 basic schools, and 6 lower basic schools, which are all situated in Upper Fulladu West District in Central River Region South.
The quiz and debate topics were drawn from general knowledge (e.g. Mathematics, English, General Science, History, etc.) with the topic for the debate being on “Banking is the most safe and efficient way of keeping money”.
The winning schools were Bansang Upper Basic School (who were the winner of the debating competition), Njoren Upper Basic School (the runners-up of the debating competition), Bansang Lower Basic School (winners of the quiz competition), Njoren Lower Basic School (runners-up for the quiz competition), Mabally Kuta Lower Basic School (third place to the quiz competition).
Prizes were also given to the best performing students in both the quiz and debate competitions. Abdou Saho of Bansang Upper Basic School was declared winner of the most performing student on the debate competition, and Sonna Darboe of Bansang Lower Basic School was also declared the most performing student in the quiz competition.
Consolation awards were given to the other participating schools such as Daru Lower Basic School, Galleh Manda Lower Basic School, Jahanka Lower Basic School and Sololo Basic Cycle School.
Momodou E. Jallow, branch operations manager in Standard Chartered’s Basse branch, who represented the bank, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this learning and development programmes in partnership with the Bansang Cluster Education Committee.
“This sponsorship is uniquely aimed at providing the requisite skills and attitude in our future leaders in URD to foster academic excellence,” he said, adding: “Standard Chartered Bank’s established footprint in The Gambia, along with our long history of supporting the socio-economic development of the country, places us in a unique position to address pressing needs in our local community as we remain committed to being ‘here for good’.”