EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Buganala Nursery School has emerged winner of first The Gambia College Early Childhood Development (ECD) organised phonics compaction that was held at the College campus in Brikama, on Friday.
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners’ phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns that represent them
Vine Excellence Nursery School took the runner-up position while Busumbala Nursery school came out third.
The competition which was geared towards engaging nursery school teachers to equip them in phonics and reading, attracted Rex Nursery School, Gunjur Kulikochi Community School, Bakary Sambuya Nursery School, Buganala Nursery School and Vine Excellent Nursery School.
Gambia College Early Child Development (ECD) coordinator Mr Korita explained that phonics is the foundation in preparing children for proper learning, saying it is the most important part in learning.
Ebrima Bah, an ECD teacher and coordinator of the competition said phonics helps teachers to build the foundation for children in the learning of English language.
He said the purpose of the competition is to examine whether teachers who are trained on phonics are making best use of the knowledge by teaching the children in their various schools. “We have realized that some of the teachers who were trained and are teaching in private schools that have their own teaching models from their school sponsors are having problems to apply the learning of phonics,” he said.
He said it is a challenge but they are trying to shift the attention of the ministry of education to phonics so that every Gambian child can have equal share.
He said this is the first time they are organizing the competition and they are not limiting it to schools in the Greater Banjul Area but the entire country because they want every Gambian child to benefit from it.
Story written by Amie Fay