By Momodou Jarju
The permanent secretary for the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), Louis Moses Mendy, has assured the executive of the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG) of their ministry’s support to promote a literary culture in the country.
Mr. Mendy, who has been appointed as the new was recently appointed as Permanent Secretary of MoBSE made the statement during a courtesy visit WAG made to him in his office. He further assured WAG his full support to enhance the development of a reading culture in schools with the objective of promoting relevant and quality education for all.
“This will preserve the reading culture and create a new generation of writers in junior and senior secondary schools. It will equally promote the use of Gambian books in school curriculum, youth employment, mentoring and training development in the areas of education and the literary arts,” stated WAG’s dispatch.
MoBSE and WAG have agreed on rejuvenating writers’ clubs in schools, increase the approval of books written by Gambian authors and come up with reading and writing projects.
The importance of this partnership, according to the dispatch, will better enhance good results in English language and promote quality education.
As part of the visit, WAG Executive presented some books to the Permanent Secretary and further discussed the issue of implementing the activities highlighted in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two institutions in February 2019.
The courtesy visit, which was meant to congratulate Mr. Mendy on his new appointment, was attended by Ms Ramatoulie O. Othman, WAG Treasurer; Mr Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, the Secretary General; and Dr Cherno Omar Barry, the President of the association.
The visit, as indicated in the dispatch, expressed WAG’s willingness to partner with the MoBSE in rebranding The Gambia’s educational, literary and cultural perspectives.