Sep 15, 2009, 6:51 AM
Project Gambia Ridgewood High has been providing school uniforms, bags, shoes and books to about 490 students.
According to its members, the charity will also refurbish class rooms to enable students to receive education in an environment conducive for learning.
Speaking on behalf of the project coordinator, John Hodt underscored the importance his wife attaches not only to education but also to the development of The Gambia.
He advised the students to stay in school, study and work hard to be successful in pursuing their education.
According to him, Project Gambia comprises students and teachers from Ridgewood High School in Stourbridge, UK, and has been supporting Gambian schools and other projects for the past six years.
The school principal Andrew Jassey thanked the philanthropists for the donation, saying it would go a long way in reducing the burden oflearning expenses on parents most of whom are poor.
On behalf of the teachers, parents and the school management, Mr Jassey thanked the donors for the life-changing gesture and for complementing government’s efforts in its drive to providing quality and relevant education for all.
For his part, the country coordinator, Karamo Tamba, said Project Gambia has built two schools and sponsored many Gambian students.
He disclosed that plans are in the pipeline to put up a computer lab at the school to enable students to study information technology at an early age.