By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Gambia’s Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education announced Friday, March 20, 2020, it was embarking on a new method of teaching school-goers in the country as a means to combat the Coronavirus.
The decision took effect, Monday, March 23, 2020. All students across The Gambia now take their lessons through the radio and TV following the shutting down of schools as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
“Parents and caregivers are urged to use this as an opportunity to keep children at home to make the best use of the days they are out of school and also as a means to protect them from the deadly COVID-19,” the ministry stated.
The President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow ordered the closure of all schools and universities as a form of preventive measures against the novel Coronavirus.
So far, two cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed and one died. The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday, March 22, 2020, that a 70-year-old Bangladeshi man tested positive for the Coronavirus had passed away after traveling in the country for a preaching mission.
The Gambia has suspended flights from thirteen countries: the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Belgium, and Portugal.