The ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to The Gambia, Her Excellency Lourdes Pirez Martinez, recently visited her government's funded educational projects in Kalagie upper basic and senior secondary schools in the Foni Kansala District of West Coast Region.
The Venezuelan embassy supported both schools with learning materials that upgraded their science laboratories, agricultural science and metal work departments. The project that formed part of the framework of collaboration between the governments of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and The Gambia, is meant to create a conducive learning environment with easy access to facilities that will enhance the learning capabilities of the students.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Martinez said she was elated to be in midst of the students in both schools, while noting that the governments of Venezuela and The Gambia have the same objective of making sure that they eradicate poverty in their nations through education and other social development programmes.
She told the gathering that the rationale behind prioritizing education, health, and agriculture is anchored on the fact that these are areas that a country needs to develop. She specifically described education as key to success, while enjoining the students to realise that they are the future leaders.
For his part, the principal of Kalagie Upper and Senior Secondary Schools, Amidou Anteing Jarju, expressed delight for the gesture extended to them, describing them as important to the development of the schools. The principal hastened to encourage the students to make best use of the materials, sayingit would help them enhance their learning capabilities. He assured the ambassador that the materials would go a long way in easing some of the constraints confronting the schools.
The vice principal of the school, Karamo Sanneh, for his part, expressed delight for gesture and assured the ambassador that the materials will be put to good use.
The cluster monitor for Region Two (West Coast Region), Modou Manjang also thanked the ambassador for the benevolent gesture, stressing that The Gambia needs this kind of boost in its education sector.
While advising the students to remain steadfast in their educational pursuit, the cluster monitor assured the benefactor that the materials would be monitored for their proper use.