Jun 11, 2012, 1:24 PM
The materials were donated through the Regional Education Directorate of region 5 at a gathering held at the school ground.It was part of Unicef’s efforts in complementing The Gambia government to bring quality, relevant and affordable education to the doorsteps of every Gambian children.
Awa Jarra, a member of Unicef distribution team, said the gesture was to support Kusalang Lower Basic School to ease teaching and improve learning environment for the children at school.
She said Unicef is committed to support Gambian children to achieve quality education as part of its efforts to promote the welfare of children in the country.
“As future leaders, children need to have a good educational foundation to become responsible citizens,” Ms Jarra said.“We will continue to give support to schools where we can to improve better quality education for the children who are the future leaders of the country.”
The headmaster of Kusalang Lower Basic School, Saikou Fatty, commended UNICEF for the gesture, noting that it would go a long way towards developing the school.
“This donation will serve as a trigger for more children to be enrolled at the school,” he said.
The principal noted that the school needs more support since they are confronted with lots of constraints.The key challenge of the school at the moment is expansion, to expand it to be able to accommodate both lower and upper basic school.
Lasana Jallow, senior teacher at the school, said since the school was founded in 2010, the number of children has been on the rise.
“Thus the need for more building blocks to accommodate the growing children,” he said while also appealing to the World Food Programme to consider providing the school with the feeding programme.
Mr Jallow also called on other donors to emulate Unicef in supporting the school, as it needs “a lot of support” to deliver quality education to the children.
Rubbi Njie, school head girl, on behalf of the school children, thanked the donors for their support, saying with the donated materials, they will do their best to pass exams.