6 February 2013

Gambia: German NGO Donates Chairs to KKLBS

Basse — A German-based charity, Christian Humanitarian Helpers Association (CHHA), recently donated new chairs valued at over D396, 671 to Koba Kunda Lower Basic School.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the school grounds, the regional education director for Region Six, Claudiana Cole, commended the donors for their continuous support to the country's education sector, noting that such a gesture will in no small measure, go a long way in addressing the constraints the school has been grappling with.

She also noted that the gesture will complement the efforts of her Ministry in providing such items to the school. She added that with this intervention, the donors have provided 50 percent of the furniture needs of the school.

The regional educational director then assured the benefactors of their continued collaboration, while urging the school management to take good care of the materials.

The headmaster of the school, Saibeh Darboe, said lack of furniture was among the top challenges confronting his school, but was quick to note with delight, that such will now become a thing of the past. He commended the donors for their contribution to the development of the school and for also helping Gambian children.

"The community of the area is pleased when they see the 200 sets of combined seats and tables. This will also encourage the students to be punctual," he added.

Darboe stressed that the government alone cannot do it all, hence the need for all to have a stake in the development of the education sector.

The coordinator of CHHA in Germany, Ingo Roth, said that their mission is to help the government achieve quality education for all Gambians. He recalled that the Association started helping the school about 11 years ago.

Reaffirming their continued commitment and support to the development of education in the country, Roth urged the school management to take proper care of the materials to ensure their durability.

He disclosed plans by his Association to help foot the treatment expenses of a handicapped female student in Germany.

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