#National News

GTU presents students with bicycles

Mar 3, 2021, 12:26 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU) has presented bicycles to 24 pupils in Region 5 and 6 in a bid to facilitate their movement to and from their various schools.

The move is also designed to ensure retention in school, while reducing the hardships some students encounter in accessing education institutions.

Essa Sowe, deputy general secretary of The Gambia Teachers’ Union, said principle 1 of their constitution outlines their commitment to their pupils, which he said, warranted them to assist beneficiaries.

“We believe the bicycles will positively impact their learning outcome as in every senior secondary school we have needy students.”

The bicycles, he added, are meant to ease student’s access to schools, further explaining that the move was necessitated during their trek, where they observed two very needy students from Boli Banna Basic Cycle School who had to walk long distance to go to school.

Sowe disclosed that in the process they discussed the issue with their international partners, adding that GTU general secretary Marie Antoinette Corr-Jack committed to providing two bicycles for those students.

“When we presented the concern to our international partners they show interest and provided us 24 bicycles.”

Deputy GS Sowe highlighted that Boli Banna is not the only school with needy students and for that reason they decided to send fourteen other bicycles to region 6 and 10 bicycles to region 5.

In a similar development, Sowe said Steve Sinnott Foundation based in UK also supported them with 100 solar powered radio handsets and solar panel chargers.

 “The radios are also meant to serve as teaching aids and by extension monitor weekly community educational programs”, he further said.

Read Other Articles In National News
Mrs Juldeh Ceesay
‘President Barrow is committed to reducing poverty’
Nov 10, 2020, 11:30 AM

The deputy permanent secretary, programs/projects at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs has acknowledged that president Adama Barrow is committed to reducing poverty and improving the well-being of his citizenry.

Gov't officers, communities sensitised on impacts of climate change on grassroots
Jul 15, 2020, 12:10 PM

National Environment Agency (NEA), Tuesday sensitized government officers, communities, Community Based Organization (CBOs), Women Associations within Kanifing Municipality on the impacts climate change on grassroots.

Nani Juwara
NAWEC MD inspects project sites in rural Gambia
Aug 19, 2020, 1:04 PM

The managing director of the National Water and Electricity Company, Nani Juwara and his team recently completed a two-day inspection visit to key project sites and facilities in rural Gambia.