By Patience Loum
Momodou Alieu Jarga Jobe (Majj), an Islamic charity under one Alagie Ousman Jobe, has donated an assortment of educational items including laptops, computers, projectors, pianos and a table-tennis set to Serekunda Lower Basic School.
The donated items were received by the principal of the school Mrs Trawally at the school grounds on Wednesday.
Majj is a charity whose main focus as its motto “portrays its piety, compassion and knowledge”. The foundation has built a mosque and a Quranic memorisation school at its headquarters in Nema Wasulung Kunda, West Coast Region.
It has rolled out the ‘Focus’ project, which has the objective to fulfill the foundations compassion principles by providing education centres in The Gambia to compliment government’s effort in ensuring quality education by providing relevant learning materials, which Serekunda LBS benefitted from.
Speaking at the event, Alagie Ousman Jobe explained the importance of education in the country and why educational materials are essential. He also reiterated the values and focus of the foundation and its mission to the Gambian community.
Also speaking at the event, Saihou SK Jagne from Regional Directorate One, spoke about the importance of the items.
He said: “We want to thank the foundation for the presentation of this magnificent gesture to Serekunda School through Mr Ebrima Jobe. These are definitely important items. Important in the sense that it will foster teaching and learning in the school and that it will help in the administrative work because most of our offices here don’t even have computers. For sure, these computers will be used to store data, school information that will help the administration to work effectively. I am assuring you that these items will be utilised here and will be properly taken care of.”
He further noted that gestures like these are very important in developing the country as government alone cannot establish national development without the help of its nationals.
Adama Jimba Jobe from the education ministry, stressed the importance of giving back to the nation through supporting its education system.
“This effort of providing or giving back to your alma mater through our brother and a member of the organisation is carried out because the organisation is working on a project called the ‘Focus Project’ and the objective is to compliment government’s efforts by providing learning materials that will go a long way in assuring and insuring quality education which is a challenge for our country as we speak. Therefore any effort that is geared towards ensuring and assuring that people are provided with quality education should not only be embraced, it should be supported and ensured that quality education is sustained.”
Speaking further, he said: “There were talks about the importance of record keeping, which is a challenge. These computers and laptops provided can go a long way in ensuring that you have accurate and up to date data in this school, as every single child in this school can now be recorded using electronic devices. And as a result, anytime they want information, you can within the blink of an eye, provide that information.”
The headmistress of the school closed the ceremony by thanking the foundation and its members for the kind gesture bestowed on the school.