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Winners of UN Day radio competition receive prizes

Nov 10, 2014, 11:27 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

Basiru Sanyang, a 10-old-year student of Tujereng Lower Basic School, and Mariama Baldeh, a 16-year-old of Bakoteh Upper Basic School were on 7 November 2014 awarded gifts by the UN country office as a token of appreciation and encouragement for their participation in the Afri-Radio Competition on UN Day celebration.

Speaking at the presentation held at the UN office, Ms Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, UN resident coordinator, said as part of the celebration of UN Day, they decided to have a competition in The Gambia.

According to the UN official, the quiz competition was basically for the young people to know more about the United Nations, and its work in The Gambia.

“We intend to have a programme where we do presentations on the UN’s work internationally and nationally at schools and the university about the knowledge-sharing award,” she said.

UN has a development forum for elderly people for them to know about the UN, and she hoped the students who received the awards would talk more about the UN to their friend.

Since the quiz was also about Ebola, there is a need for the students to talk about Ebola, she added.

The FAO country representative congratulated the winning students, and said they want them to know about the UN, because The Gambia is a UN member state.

She thanked the winners for their participation, and encouraged them to keep it up.

The WHO country representative said the UN is working with the Gambia government to ensure that they stay alive and free from Ebola.

“To be able to remain free depends on you as Ebola is a disease that could be prevented,” he said, adding that they must always wash their hands and improve personal hygiene.