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Published On: Tue, Dec 22nd, 2020

‘Gambia Must Prioritise Human Development’

Omar Janneh, Director of Admin and Human Resources at Central Bank of The Gambia has said that a developing country like The Gambia must prioritize human development.

Mr Janneh who made these remarks during the finals of the TAKE-M Transformation Organisation organised national spelling bee for lower basic schools added that children are the future of the country and investing in them is an honourable duty.

Janneh who was deputising for Deputy Governor 2 of the Central Bank of The Gambia stated that molding children to widen their spelling skills is one of the most important pillars of education, adding that education has the ability to prepare us more than anything else to face challenges in life and make us succeed.

 He said letters and numbers combined governs the world.

He also said that whatever we do falls within letters and numbers, and therefore we must never stop learning as people and a nation.

Mr. Janneh commended organizers of the competition for complementing government efforts in its drive towards progress and development.

Lamin Fotajo, Director Regional Education Directorate 2 thanked organisers of the competition for their consistency and effort in unleashing the potential of children.

He added that the competition is an opportunity to build potentials of children that will move the nation.

Tunde Muyi Ogundimu, CEO TAKE-M Transformation Organisation said their aim is to get micro scholarship for students and therefore appealed for help to ensure students have the opportunity to showcase their potentials.

He called for the need for all to work together to promote quality education in the country, saying children are the ones that can make Gambia great.  

Meanwhile, Isatou Komma, a student of Anne Marie Javouhey Academy was declared winner of the 2020 edition of the national ‘spelling bee’ held at QCity. As winner, she received a trophy and cash of ten thousand dalasis.

Abubacarr Sambou, a student of Swallow Education Center for Emancipation finished as first runner up. He received seven thousand five hundred dalasis.

Fanta T. Tamba, a student of Presentation of Mary lower basic school emerged as the second runner up and was rewarded with a cash amount of five thousand dalasis.

The TAKE-M spelling bee is aimed at helping lower basic school students achieve competency at grade 4 reading and spelling levels with the aim of improving matric pass rates and further help them better prepare for tertiary education and later employment.

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