A daylong quiz competition on Information and Communication Technology ICT was last Thursday held at Kotu Senior Secondary School ground.
Speaking shortly before the start of the competition, Ebrima Darboe, Kotu Senior Secondary School ICT Co-ordinator commended all the participating schools, parents, teachers and students for their large out to the event.
According to him, his ICT club was formed with the aim of encouraging students towards Information Technology, adding that the role of ICT in this present generation is known to everyone.
He said his ICT club is also aimed at creating brotherliness among ICT school based clubs in the country. He said his ICT club in every academic year organises a series of activities, noting that it is all done in the spirit of encouraging students towards ICT.
For his part, Mr. Abass Fullah, acting Principal of Kotu Senior Secondary School said his school had been nurturing the idealistic dream of a 100% computer literate for all students and teachers as a means of empowering them for effective and efficient teaching and learning through research, collaboration and interaction.
The importance of ICT, Fullah said, will continue to be nurtured in the school in a bid to enable students contribute to national development by providing raw materials for human capital development.
For his part, Abdoulie Drammeh, the Communication Officer of Freedom Camp International (FCI) said the National ICT Club Network (NIC-Net) was formed by Freedom Camp International in its efforts to bridge the digital divide and to make accessibility of ICT available to all students nationwide.
According to him, they are presently developing a training programme in collaboration with the US Embassy in The Gambia, targeting IT teachers in 20 secondary schools in Regions 1, 2 and 3. This training programme for IT teachers, he stated is expected to start by January 2010. He appealed for full participation of all invited IT teachers.
He said his organisation in collaboration with Intel Corporation would introduce the Intel World Ahead Programme targeting over 5000 teacher's nation wide purposely to develop them on how to use the 21st century skills in lesson planning and delivery.
At the end of the quiz competition, St. Peter's were crowned as champions with 15 points, JC Faye 13 points, Nusrat 10 points, St. Joseph's 9 points, SOS 8 points, Muslim and Bottrop Senior each got 7 points.
Other speakers at the competition included Sana Sarr from Unique Solutions.
Sulayman Baldeh Kotu ICT club's President gave the vote of thanks, while Modou Lamin Bah read a poem entitled, "Have you done your duty."
Kotu and Nustrat joint drama group entertained the gathering with drama.