Jan 20, 2012, 12:18 PM
Football Gambia, a UK charitable organisation that promotes education through football, recently donated learning and teaching materials worth more than D200,000 to 14 schools in Upper Nuimi, North Bank Region.
The founder of Football Gambia, Ian Stapleton, who goes by the Gambian name Mansa Wally, presented the materials such as books and chairs to Pa Modou Sillah, cluster monitor of Albreda Cluster, at a ceremony held at Sittanunku Basic Cycle School in Sittanunku, Upper Niumi.
The beneficiary schools included Sittanunku Nursery, Basic Cycle and Senior Secondary schools; Nuimi Lamin Primary School; Albreda Nursery, Basic Cycle and Senior Secondary schools; Kerr Cherno Nursery, Basic Cycle and Secondary schools; Kerr Demba Lower Basic School; Sika Lower Basic School; Sami Kuta Lower Basic School; Sami Tenda Lowe Basic School; and Bafuloto Lower Basic School.
The UK charity, also known as Friends of Sittanunku, has also donated several footballing materials such as jerseys, footballs, and goal nets to Mansa Wally Football Academy in Sittanunku village.
The football materials were received by Lamin Sillah and Sheriffo Jammeh, secretary and chairman respectively, of the football academy set up by Football Gambia.
Football Gambia works with communities, schools, football clubs and academies in The Gambia to help children and youth attend school and live a healthy lifestyle.
The main goal of the organisation is to develop communities to be more sustainable, and to ensure that children and young people in The Gambia get the highest quality life experiences before they reach adulthood.
“The organisation does this through the provision of educational materials to school children to enhance their education and quality football equipment, the donors said.
The UK charity, they said, also encourages Farming Academy where members of youth football clubs will cultivate land to produce vegetables and fruit for their communities.