The University of The Gambia Science Students' Association (UTGSSA) in partnership with the Youth Care Foundation (YCF) recently concluded its Summer Mathematics Programme at the University campus in Brikama.
The closing of the summer programme coincided with the handing over ceremony of files from the outgoing executive of UTGSSA to the incoming executive and a power point presentation of activities during the association's visit to Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kolapo Abdul, the director of the Youth Care Foundation (YCF), disclosed that the partnership between YCF and UTG-SSA is indeed promising. He noted that both associations are doing everything humanly possible in a bid to ensure that Science and Mathematics are well promoted and developed in The Gambia. "Our target is to support and encourage students across the country by instilling the interest of Maths and Science into them," he said.
According to him, the initiative is having a positive impact on the academic performance of students. He said as time goes on, they will be able to overcome the poor performance of students in the area of Science and Mathematics in schools. Abdul acknowledged UTGSSA's relentless efforts toward the promotion of Science and Mathematics in the country and hoped that students will be able to produce better grades in their examinations in both areas. The director of the Youth Care Foundation (YCF), noted that their partnership with UTGSSA has produced quality Mathematics and Science teachers currently teaching in various schools across the country . Kolapo expressed hope that UTG-SSA will continue with the work, while urging other associations to emulate the gesture.
Dr Pierre Gomez, Dean school of Arts and Sciences' Department of the University of the Gambia, said UTGSSA is one of the most vibrant associations in the University of Gambia. He added that its membership have been instrumental in most of the activities that are geared towards the development of the institution. "The improvement and promotion of sciences for socio-economic development of this country is a great concern to us and I believe by doing our quota effectively, we will be able to achieve our ultimate goals," said Dr Gomez.
According to him, Arts and Sciences are crucial areas and that they should take it as a challenge upon themselves to promote them, saying they could contribute immensely towards the transformation of the country.
Dr Gomez further stressed the need for UTGSSA to sensitize students on the importance of both areas during their nationwide tours. He spoke of the Arts and Sciences faculty's desire to produce students that will solve social problems and participate fully in nation building. He thus assured them that he will not hesitate to use his office and give UTGSSA the necessary support and encouragement. Buba Tamba, the outgoing president of the association applauded the tireless efforts of his team towards the smooth running of the association during their tenure in office. "The association have embarked on massive tree planting exercises across the country last summer and we have also conducted leadership trainings initiated by our predecessors. Some of our members have also voluntarily assisted students in various schools across the country in the area of Science and Mathematics," he disclosed. Tamba praised the incoming executive for the good start and advised them to be committed to their work.
Yahya WK Marong, the president of the University of the Gambia Students' Union, said he is very much impressed with the good work of UTGSSA. He stated that giving the potentials and capability of its membership, he can attest to the fact that the association will continue to contribute immensely towards the development of UTG and the country at large. He urged them to keep up the momentum and assured them of the union's continued support .Delivering the vote of thanks, Omar Jabang, the incoming president of the association, expressed gratitude on the performance of the outgoing executive, saying their efforts in upholding the interest of the association is indeed commendable. He mentioned that UTGSSA is one of the best associations in the University even though it has fewer members comparatively and called on students to join the association so as to promote the learning of Mathematics and Science in the country. The incoming president of the association challenged the new executive to work harder and lauded their sister associations for the good partnership.
At the end of the programme, certificates were awarded to the members of the association.