Eighteen teachers from four nursery schools managed by Gambia Tourist Support (GTS) recently completed a five-day training on first-aid treatment at the GTS’ resort centre in Senegambia.
The training was jointly organised by the GTS, Gambia Education and Teachers Support (GETS) and Caring for Life Association (CIA).
The kindergarten or nursery schools that benefited from the training included Dumbarton in London Corner, Bakoteh Nursery, Essau Community nursery school and St. Peters.
The training targeted teachers directly dealing with pupils between the ages of 2 and 5.
Speaking on the occasion, Musa Colley, Chief Executive of CIA, who was the course tutor, revealed that children are the most vulnerable to accident, adding that the number of child-related accident is expected to rise considerably, hence the need for the course to teachers who are custodians of schoolchildren.
He said the modules of first-aid training include giving firsthand treatment to victims of accident, and road safety precaution which, according to him, requires collective responsibility and partnership to promote and facilitate prevention efforts to minimise the many occurrences of fatal accident.
He urged the course beneficiaries to be determined and dedicated to the wellbeing of children, adding that children are the future leaders of the nation.
Mr Francis Glynn, Managing Directors of GTS, emphasised the importance of the course while urging the participants to rightly educate their pupils and practise the knowledge gained from the training.
"It will save lives and also help doctors and nurses execute their profession well during treatment," Mr Glynn added.