Operation Promote Excellence in the Sciences (OPES) conceived and implemented in 2006, lately given added impetus and global dimension with the advent of the UN project for the promotion of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).
Since its inception, annual provision is being made for the sponsorship of more than 150 students every year, studying various disciplines in the sciences curricula at the University of The Gambia at a cost in excess of D9 million per annum. In addition, investment has been made to assist in science teaching and education at the secondary and tertiary levels by constructing and equipping science laboratories in schools.
This strategy is aimed at ensuring that the country possesses human resources with the appropriate skill sets and competence to be able to contribute meaningfully towards the transformation from a low to middle-income status.
Schools that have benefitted from this intervention include:
- Armitage Senior Secondary School
- Muslim Senior Secondary School
- Gambia Senior Secondary School
- Nusrat Senior Secondary School
- Bottrop Senior Secondary School
- St Augustines Senior Secondary School
- St Josephs Senior Secondary School
- Bansang School of Nursing & Midwifery
- Construction of KalajiMiddle School in 1996 and its annual maintenance.
- Adoption of a Ward at EFSTHas contributed to the health service delivery, coupled with intermittent investment in much-needed medical equipment such as a cardiography machine, based on request.
- Partnership with BCC for the implementation of the AfDB $3 million grant support for the Integrated Port-City Development Project and the Digital Master Plan for the Greater Banjul Area.
- Provision of potable water to rural communities by the construction of boreholes, 20,000-litre tank capacity, solar-powered pumps, and 15 taps for Tabuchindeh and Sankabarri Villages in Sandu, URR.
- Sponsorship of the GPA Football Club, which has been competing in the 1stDivision of the National League since the early 1980s, the highlights of whose proficiency includes 3 League Champions, FA Cup Champions, and represented The Gambia at the CAF Continental Club Championships during the early 1990s and lately in 2014 and 2015. It is on record that 5 players from the starting 11 of the National Under 17 Squad that won the African Cup for this category during its hosting in The Gambia were GPA FC players. This team went on later that year to achieve a landmark victory against the youth team from Brazil in the World Under 17 Championship held in Peru, which was a celebrated victory nationally.
- Support for the maintenance and upkeep of the Tanka-Tanka home for the mentally challenged.