Aug 3, 2009, 8:03 AM
The Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan, His Excellency Richard Shih on Tuesday June 2nd presented a cheque amounting to US 625,000 equivalents to D16.25 million dalasi to the President's Empowerment of Girls Education Project (PEGEP).
The gesture is ingredient of Taiwan's continuing support to the promotion of education in The Gambia.
The money form parts of the US$5.55 million translating to 14.3 billion dalasi been provided to the project by Taiwan since 2002.
Presenting the huge money at State House, the head of Taiwanese diplomacy in Banjul reaffirmed his country's relentless support to The Gambia for the attainment of her developmental endeavours.
According to him, the money is meant for the payment of the tuition fees for PEGEP for the academic year 2008/2009.
He revealed that the project has made tremendous contribution to the promotion of gender equality in schools.
According to him, there are 36,506 female students out of 126 schools in the Greater Banjul Area benefiting from the project.
In receiving the cheque on behalf of the government, Mr. Abdoulie Sallah, Secretary General and Head of Civil Service thanked the Taiwanese government for the gesture.
According to him, before the initiation of PEGEP by President Jammeh, the number of girls in schools compared to boys was very low, but with the coming of PEGEP the trend has changed.