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TAKE-M Organisation set to stage national Spelling Bee championship

Feb 25, 2016, 10:07 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Preparations are at advanced stage for national Spelling Bee championship organised by TAKE-M Transformation Organisation, a community-based charity that seeks to build the capacity of students.

Thirty students are to take part in national championship after emerging winners of Region 2 competition held at St Peter’s Senior Secondary School on Saturday, 20 February 2016.

Tunde Muyi Ogundimu, chief executive officer of TAKE-M, said the organisation aims to promote the importance of reading, comprehension, writing and spelling in education.

He said they work with the government to promote quality education in The Gambia.

“The nation belongs to us and the students need us to shape them to become better future leaders,” Mr Ogundimu said.“The students are the future leaders but their future starts today and that is why all hands should be on deck in ensuring they have a strong foundation.”

He also noted that the way children are moulded today matters for their tomorrow and that is why Take-M targets lower basic schools in the spelling bee competition for that level is the foundation of education.

He explained that his organisation wants to build a network of students who will be role models for other students.

However, CEO of Take-M said they need the support of cash and kind to be able to embark on some of their programmes.

Malang M. Kuyateh, senior education officer responsible for quality education at Region 2, said as a ministry, their advocacy is for every child to have access to quality education and they have to apply a multi-dimensional approach to achieve that.

Sheriff Jobe, human resources manager at Unique Solutions, said the company is committed to supporting such initiatives.

Modou Sawaneh of Enterprise Life Assurance also expressed their readiness in supporting initiatives geared towards achieving quality education in the country.

WO1 Tijan Bah, headmaster of Yundum Barracks Nursery and Lower Basic School, said they are pleased to be identified as the host of the national Spelling Bee championship.

Lamin Sano, vice principal of Yundum Barracks Nursery and Lower Basic School, said in other to prepare students for their various examinations, it is important that they are accorded such competitions to better build their confidence and capacity.