Feb 15, 2011, 1:43 PM
Yagana World Foundation, a Netherland-based foundation, last Wednesday presented items to Bakoteh Upper and Lower Basic School at the school grounds.
The donated items included 14 computers, pens, chalks, computer books, some writing papers and sporting jerseys
Speaking on the occasion, the headmaster of Bakoteh Lower Basic School (Proper), Momodou B.K. Bojang, said the presentation marked a significant day in the history of the school.
He commended the donors, saying they have done a lot for people in the country, especially for the less privileged.
He described the materials donated as very useful to the school, saying: “We are now living in a world of technology.”
He also calls on the students to develop interest in using computers while urging them to upkeep the equipment.
Dinemarie Langereis, chairwomen and the founder of the foundation, said the association has been in existence for the past 12 years.
She adduced that what they are doing is to help poor people, especially children, who she describes as the future of the country.
She called on the students to study hard and contribute to the development of the nation. “Right now we are sponsoring 40 Gambian students and most of them are from the rural communities,” said Dinemarie.
She commended Bonaventura Collage at Leiden for sponsoring the provision of the computers for the school. She adduced that the foundation also has garden projects in other schools.
She underscored the support their foundation has been rendering to medical centres across the country, such as the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, while reiterating that they cannot build hospitals but can support upon request. “For many years we have been trying to do our best,” she said.
She thanked their Gambian counterpart, Yusupha Sonko, for helping them in their work.
Other speakers on the occasion were Laity Faye, deputy headmaster of Bakoteh Upper Basic, and Babucarr Jarju from Region One educational directorate.