The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, on June 21 handed out certificates of achievement to 12 Competitive College Club students who emerged as winners of the U.S. Embassy Banjul’s sponsored World Environment Day Essay Contest. The top senior secondary school students who come from Gambia’s rural regions were also presented gift certificates to local bookstore, Timbooktoo.
More than 100 students from six Competitive College Clubs – Sibanor, Mansa Konko (Tahir), Farafenni, Janjangbureh (Armitage), Basse (Nasir) and Fatoto – participated in the contest. The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy section sponsored the contest in support of two major global days –World Environment Day on June 5th and Oceans Day on June 8th – to promote environmental literacy in communities.
“Our goal with this project was to develop the critical thinking and writing skills of you students and to foster in you a greater sense of responsibility towards sustainable environmental conservation and protection. Being able to analyze a situation, really break it down, figure out what is fixed, what can change, who the players are, how important the issue is, etc. and reach a well-reasoned conclusion as to the best or most realistic solution is essential to being able to make a meaningful contribution to your job, your community, your family,” Ambassador remarked during ceremonies held at the Chancery.
This environmental essay contest particularly supports the United States Department of State’s efforts to increase the level of awareness and engagement about environmental issues, and to inspire local actions to protect the environment.