3 December 2012

Gambia: UK Charity Equips Janjangbureh Skill Centre With Laptops

Charily Newick Colts Gambia Support Group, a charitable organisation based in the United Kingdom recently equipped the Janjangbureh Skill Training Centre with 11 sets of laptops to enhance the Centre's information, communication and technology needs. Being the only skill centre in the region, the donation would in no small measure address some of the challenges it is grappling with in the area of ICT.

Presenting the items on behalf of the organisation, its chairman, Simon Ramm, gave a brief history of the charity. He dsiclosed that the charity wasestablished in 2007, with its intervention areas including education, health and agriculture. The organisation, the chairman revealed, is sponsoring over 60 students and providing assistance to eleven schools.

The national coordinator, Lamin Kuru Kongira, for his part, said the importance of ICT cannot be over-emphasised, for the fact that today's world is that of technological era.

Receiving the items on behalf of the skills centre, its director, Musa Jobarteh hailed the charity for its philanthropic assistance to the rural communities. He posited that technology is viewed as a consumable item and not something that can be produced or created. Jobarteh underscored that technology is the primary engine of economic growth and that it provides the key to unlocking any country's potential.

He however lamented that today most benefits accrued from science and technologies have not reached the majority of people, particularly the poor in the developing countries. He then assured that the laptops will be put into good use.

The chief of Janjangbureh, Alhaji Bakary Jam Jawo and councilor of the said locality, Ebrima Janko Foon, both thanked the donors for their humanitarian gesture. They said the donation would go a long way towards complementing the efforts of the skills centre in equipping the youth with the basic IT skills.

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