This activity is part of the GFATM through Action Aid International The Gambia funded HIV/AIDS and Life Skills activities for schools in Peer Health Education. The event also allowed young people to learn and share their experiences through drama.
Speaking at the event held at the B.O Semega Janneh Memorial Hall in Bundung, Abdou A. Kanteh, Program Manager NSGA, said the purpose of the competition is to contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He called on the youths of the country to be mindful of the disease as they are mostly the victims. According to him, HIV/AIDS knows no boundary, making it important for all to join the fight against the disease.
“Time is not on our side,” he said, adding that his organisation aim is to reduce the prevalence of HIV in The Gambia from 2.8 percent to 2 percent by 2014.
Francois Mendy, monitoring and evaluation officer at NSGA, thanked all the schools for taking part in the competition. He told the students to be serious with their education as they are the future leaders.
“There is no loser in the competition as you are all winners,” he added.
At the end of the drama competition, Nusrat Senior Secondary claimed first position with 109 points in the senior category, ollowed by Tahir Ahamadiya with 97 points and Diabugu Senior with 96 points.
For the Upper Basic category, Kabafita came out first with 99 points, followed by 22nd July Academy, scoring 93 and then Janjangbureh scoring 75 points.
Trophies and cash prizes of different amounts were awarded to the winning and participating schools.]]>