The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Hon. Fatou Lamin Faye, on Thursday launched an ICT programme called connect-a-school; connect-a-community initiative in Bakau.
In her launching statement, Minister Faye said the World Bank funded initiative is part of government’s development visions to strengthen the sharing of relevant and timely information as well as contribute to national development through employment creation.
She noted that the six centres across the country would provide ICT access to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups such as women, persons with disabilities, children, youth, and the indigenous population.
She advised students to avoid using pornography sites as it may be harmful to their academic, health and social well-being.
The Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Hon. Sheriff Bojang, said the project will overcome the barriers of distance and time, and significantly become feasible as a key element in achieving national development goals. He added that the connected schools would not only bring young people into the digital society, but can also facilitate academic trainings and research for students, trainers, and communities by extension.
The Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality, Yankuba Colley, stated that this initiative would provide trainings that will help and equip the youthful population around Bakau and provide services such as photocopying, scanning, and printing.
”This centre will be a facility that will facilitate academic research for students, instructors, teachers and others alike. I believe it will enhance and promote business development in and around this community,” he asserted.
Mayor Colley thanked the President for his support and great leadership. He said today, The Gambia is witnessing and seeing numerous development projects in every community in this country.
The National Assembly member for Bakau, Kalifa Jammeh, said the intervention could close the communication gap between policymakers, disadvantaged, and vulnerable groups including women and girls.
The World Bank ICT Specialist, Naomi Halewood, noted that access to internet will go a long way in improving people’s standard of living in the country.
The Alkalo and Ward Councillor of Bakau, Luntang Jaiteh and Abdoulie Jallow respectively commended the World Bank and government for the gesture, while urging people to maintain the judicious use of the facilities.
The representatives of Bakau Women’s Garden and Youth Groups, Jamba Naani Bojang and Jalamang Jatta respectively made similar remarks.
by Alhgie Babou Jallow
& Binta Jammeh