MCJSupport presents high end braille printer, laptops to GOVI

MCJSupport Founder, Muhammed Chuka Joof speaking at the presentation Ceremony

As part efforts to support the educational needs of physically challenged students, MCJ Support, with support from US State Department on Monday donated high end braille printer and some laptops to the Gambia Organization for the Visually Impaired (GOVI) at a ceremony held in Kanifing.

MCJSupport Org and Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education have been working closely with the STED-CREDD department on capacity building of teachers and support projects to use supplementary resources to make learning accessible and easy for students to understand through hands-on activities, also promote all-inclusive education by providing learning environment for the blind, deaf and children with down syndromes.

The donation came following an appeal launched by GOVI for support from MCJ support.
“Leveraging our partnership with the US State Department, we are able to convince them for an urgent support, through this project my office purchased a braille printer and six laptops for the Gambia Organization for the Visually Impaired (GOVI) school in Kanifing. We will further build the capacity of the regional instructors on how to use computers for the blind, facilitate the unification of the national syllabus to braille for blind students across the country starting with English,” the founder of MCJSupport Org, Muhammed Chuka Joof said while dedicating the project to his late grandfather- Makou Tiyanna Ceesay, who used to be an instructor for the visually impaired in CRR.

“This is a continuation of his wonderful work in improving the livelihood skills of the visually impaired in The Gambia,” Muhammed said.

He urged the Ministry and GOVI to take full ownership of the project in order to implement the unification of the national syllabus to braille, for the interest of national development,

“We thank the U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia for supporting our Blind Support Program. This is not a surprise as we know how much the Embassy is particular about critical issues of our society and ways on how to solve or improve them,” he said.
“As a non-profit in The Gambia, we renew our commitment to enhancing self-paced education and easy access to learning resources a top priority, not leaving any part of the education sphere behind. This is why we are more than happy to always support the most vulnerable in our education system to providing education for all children and youths of The Gambia,” he added.

Gambian blind students find it very challenging to follow lessons and limitations to access educational resources due to their medium of learning. With this support, there is hope that they too can access technology and smooth learning.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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