The Iceland Friendship Association The Gambia (IFAG) with funding from the Iceland Government over the weekend distributed a consignment of stationeries to 103 students in Salikenni Village, North Bank Region.
The materials include; uniforms, text books, pens, school bags, rulers, calculators, exercise books, oxford dictionaries, novels, drawing book and graph books among others.
The Iceland Friendship Association-The Gambia, is a charitable organisation operating in The Gambia since 2009. It focuses on child right promotion and protection, education, women and youth empowerment through community participation.
The presentation also coincided with the launching of the Iceland Friendship Association-The Gambia, dubbed ‘The Salikenni Project’.
According to the organisers, the project is poised to provide educational support to over a hundred students for the 2016/2017 academic year and beyond. The support is available for students in the Upper Basic, Senior Secondary Schools, Tertiary education (Technical and Vocational) and at the University.
As part of the sponsorship package; D2,000 was presented to students in the Upper Basic school; those in the Senior Secondary School and Vocational education, each received D3,000 as lunch money.
Students attending the University of The Gambia each received D4,500 as lunch money. Speaking at the event held in Salikenni, Njundu Drammeh, Chairman of Iceland Friendship Association-The Gambia, reminded the gathering that children are the future leaders and thus called on all those part of the scholarship package to perform well in school.
“We will establish a computer lab and electronic library in order for students to have access to the internet to ensure that students make research online and read books in the library.” he added.
Also speaking at the event, Lamin Queen Jammeh, the Governor of North Bank Region, emphasised that acquiring knowledge is crucial in the fight against poverty, saying coming up with such an association is in the right direction as giving scholarship to students is contributing to national development.
Governor Jammeh tasked the scholarship beneficiaries to work hard as expected of them.
“I thank Iceland Friendship Association-The Gambia for this wonderful undertaking.”
Lamin Fatajo, chairman of Kerewan Area Council, underscored the importance of acquiring knowledge as it enable one to govern and administer a country.
“I thank IFAG for complementing Government’s effort in the area of education as knowledge cannot go in the absence of hard work and determination.” he added
Alhagie Sainey Kanteh, Alkalo of Salikenni, Chief Alhagie Jagne, and Binta Njie-Kalleh, all lauded the initiative.
by Fatoumatta K Saidykhan