May 11, 2009, 6:55 AM
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"We, the Trust Bank, are passionately committed to the promotion of quality education as a prerequisite to national development," Mr Dodou Nyang, marketing and sales manager of the bank, said. He is exactly right because no nation can rise on ignorance. If we are serious about advancement, then we have to commit more of our resources to the training of our children, as Trust Bank has been doing. We believe that money spent on giving quality education to our children is money well spent because they will in due course use their knowledge and skills for the development of the nation.
It is not as if Trust Bank is the only corporate entity that provides scholarships to students in this country. We saw during the convocation of the University of the
Besides the scholarships, Trust Bank should sponsor educational programmes on television and radio. For instance, they should identify veteran teachers who are good at the core subject areas - English language, mathematics, the sciences, and then buy airtime on GRTS to have them teach these subjects. If it is well organised, it will enable our children to spend quality time with the TV and radio.
If it is possible, they should also get the telecommunications operators - AFRICELL, GAMCEL, and COMIUM, to use the mobile phone to stimulate interest in learning by organising quizzes in the core subject areas. And successful winners should be handsomely rewarded. There is too much pandering to the lower and more ephemeral things of life in our society; we should devote more time to the matters of the soul.
In the long history of the world, the greatest and richest nations are those that have given pride of place to learning.