Brenda and Keith Farrington's report on
We are back in the UK after a
successful trip representing Pageant in the Gambia. Everything
went very well. All the equipment was observed at the schools,
hospitals and was ready for use.
We met the Director for Science and Technology Mr Embrima Kah at
the Department for State and Education, Banjul. We had a lengthy
discussion about future donations and installation of this type of
equipment. A strategy for the schools in Gambia is evolving and
they hope to publish it in February 2004.
Seven of the computers that Oxford Instruments donated were given to the
Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital. On on Boxing Day a collection
from guests raised nearly £200. This was used to purchase 2 brand
new Canon "coloured" Bubble Jet Printers which complemented the
Pageant Donations. We also provided an additional LaserJet printer
for black and white printing.
Handover of some of the equipment.
The remaining computers went to Crab Island School.
We agreed to remove 10 of Crab Islands existing computers and set
up another computer lab at the Greater Banjul Senior Secondary
School. We inspected this lab and were so impressed by the efforts
from Greater Banjul we have agreed to give them further donations
of equipment to bring the number of computers there to 25.
A visit to St Augustine's Senior Secondary School in the centre of
Banjul left us stunned by the effort they had put in during the
last 3 months to create their computer laboratory (14 Machines).
We were again pleased to offer them a further donation to start a
second computer lab later this year.
The computer lab at St Augustines School.
The Gambia Teachers Union received 16 Computers and after a
presentation at their head quarters we met many Headmasters and
Deputy Heads from other schools also keen to join the programme.