As part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) one of the leading commercial banks in the country, on Tuesday 20th November 2012 donated learning materials to Bakau New-Town Lower Basic School . The donated items included exercise books, pencils and a story book (City-Boy -Sanse Be Maata Geeja) written by a Gambian author Dr Harr Freeya Njai.
In presenting the items to Mrs. Haddy S. Njie (Hata) Head Mistress Bakau Newtown, Ndey Ancha Ceesay EV Coordinator Standard Chartered Bank said 'this gesture is in response to the Bank's commitment to the promotion of education in The Gambia which is key in our sustainability agenda'.She emphasized that it is in the interest of the Bank to contribute towards the development of literacy in the communities in which we operate as it is in line with our brand promise of being here for Good.
In receiving the learning materials, Haddy Hata S. Njie, Head Mistress Bakau New-Town Lower Basic, commended Standard Chartered Bank for the donation, noting that SCB has not only supplemented government's effort but also contribute towards the development of Gambian schools. "SCB's contribution is a clear manifestation of the Banks commitment towards the development of effective teaching and learning in schools". I can assure you that the books will not sit and gather dust but will be used effectively by the School. Mrs. Njie concluded by thanking Standard Chartered Bank for the donation and urged other institutions to follow.
The Cluster Monitor for Cluster Four Mr. Malleh Sabally, representing the Regional Director for Region One, Kanifing thanked Standard Chartered for the gesture and said the provision of teaching and learning materials for the pupils of Bakau New-Town Primary School will enhance their academic performance, pursuant to the attainment of quality education as embedded in the new education policy 2004-2015.According to Mr. Sabally, the symbolic move by SCB is a clear indication of the concern the Bank has for the children being the future leaders, adding that teaching and learning materials are quite essential in the delivery of lessons.