Jun 4, 2010, 11:53 AM
The book, launched at Apple Tree International School, has already been approved by the government for academic use in schools.
The principal of Apple Tree, Koygan Owusu, said students of the school should look up to the author as “he is a role model in the field of writing”.
The reviewer of the book, Isatou Ndow who is head of education at the Gambia College, said the book entails all the necessities that students need to know and learn as it is written in simple English.
“The book is joyous to read because it features our culture and history in The Gambia and it teaches a lot of things happening in our everyday lives,” she said.
Modou Lamin Sanyang of the Gambia Ports Authority, the launchers of the book, said it is not “really easy” to produce a report more especially a book to be launched.
“We [GPA] are here to support any individual who is ready to produce something, especially in the area of education,” he said.
The author of the book, Musa Jallow, pointed out that “the book is complex” but it will help students on their reading and writing skills.
He said lessons do not only take place within the four walls of the classroom, but reading and practicing how to write will boost one’s skills because it will help one to get use to words and learn a lot from it.
The author said that after graduation from high school, he wanted to go to university but could not due to financial difficulties.
“I was not fortunate to go a university because of finance but it makes no difference because all what university students read, I read it in my house,” he said.
Mr Jallow said everyone but especially students should make reading a habit if you want to be a writer in future.
“And to become a writer you have to be writing regularly to get you where you want to be,” he said.