14 January 2013

Gambia: Dr. Ida Jallow Sallah's Book Launch

Our final coverage of the launching ceremony for the two books written by Dr Ida Jallow Sallah focuses on the presentation made by Mr Lamin Sonko, Senior Education Officer, SQUAD.

"Today is a day when giants stand to cast shadows," said Mr Lamin Sonko.

He quoted a passage which states that "When giants cast shadows there is enough shade." Similarly Mr Sonko added Dr Ida Jallow Sallah is casting her shadows into the class rooms and above all over the entire environment of the school. He emphasised that the two books will provide enough material for practitioners and prospective teachers to come.

Mr Sonko proceeded to give his candid opinion of Dr Ida Jallow Sallah. According to him he has been interacting with Dr Jallow Sallah for the past 8 years at the Ministry of Basic Education.

He indicated that Dr. Ida Jallow SaIIah is a highly conscientious, dedicated, dynamic and hardworking professional who is imbued with immense sense of responsibility. She has a positive and tremendous capacity to organize and apply her professional skills to achieve desired results.

She is highly meticulous, unassuming and possesses a lot of drive and initiative, observed Mr Sonko.

Dr. Ida Jallow SaIIah exhibits a remarkable flare for academic and professional excellence and high ethics. Her willingness to share her knowledge with others is always evident. This platform is ample testimony of these qualities.

She interacts freely with others irrespective of class and religion.

She puts daily into practice her sterling qualities of kindness and consideration for others. She is an academic giant and a professional inspirer, observed Mr Sonko. She is bilingual, speaking both French and English.

According to Mr Sonko, she holds a "Technical Certificate In Quantitative Techniques of Management; High University Diploma of trainers in French as a foreign Language; Series of trainings on teaching methodology, supervision and statistical data analysis. According to Mr Sonko Dr Jallow Sallah holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Masters Degree in Comparative Literature, PhD (Doctorate Degree) in Sociology with Particular Focus on Education. In terms of her Professional Career she had Classroom Experience and had taught at Upper Basic SchooIs, Senior Secondary Schools and the University of The Gambia.

In The Area of Education Administration she has for over 10 Years Worked With SQAD in the area of Monitoring & Supervision, providing Support to Classroom Teachers, Head Teachers, Cluster Monitors and staff from Regions 1-6.

She rose from the Rank of SEO to PEO. No wonder she could produce quality material like this, he remarked. Mr Sonko added that as PEO, Dr Sallah headed the Monitoring and Supervision Section at SQAD, Providing Quarterly Regional Cluster Monitor's Report Summary and Analysis to Regions 1-6 and that she now serves as the Coordinator of French programme at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education(MOBSE).

Mr Sonko said that Dr Sallah was inspired to write the Books, by the Message which has been rung in her ears that "To Scroll up to the Higher Level, of Education Ladder without being a Knowledge Producer is to Cheat Destiny". He expressed his profound appreciation for such a vision for higher education.

Mr Sonko then proceeded to give a summary of the content of the two books.

He said book one, Quality Assurance -- Pedagogic guide for effective Teaching and Learning is a very Essential Handbook, Relevant for both Teachers & Students

This guide meets the needs for a suitable comprehensive and practical text to help prospective and practicing teachers acquire the required pedagogic knowledge and competence in a bid to carry out effective teaching/learning and achieve desired outcomes.

It has well crafted and carefully woven chapters that enable the reader to move from concept to practice. He observed that the book is useful to all stakeholders in the business of Education.

Book two, Quantitative Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting is specifically dedicated to all School monitors, i.e. Cluster Monitors, School Administrators, etc.

It explains what constitutes data, how it is collected, analyzed and interpreted. This book provides a basic understanding of research methods; particularly in the observation of performances.

He congratulated Dr Ida Jallow Sallah for the remarkable contribution in a bid to promote quality education.

Adama Bah gave a message of appreciation from the family and Mr Bamba Jeng gave a message of appreciation for colleagues in the profession either as teachers, monitors or education administrators.

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