Department of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and
Secondary Education and Institute for Social Reformation and Action (ISRA) over
the weekend distributed food items, sanitary materials and cash to nine‘Majalis’(Quranic schools) in the Lower River, Upper River, Central
River and North Bank regions. The SOS children’s village in Basse also
benefited from the gesture. The
distributed food items were donated by the Turkish Aid (TIKA) through the
Gambian ambassador in
Turkey, Gibril Joof.
Ministry of Basic and Secondary education has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Majalis in collaboration with the Institute for Social
Reformation and Action (ISRA), for a conditional cash transfer for the
provision of two facilitators to teach the children in the Majalis, English,
Maths and Science, as part of the Children Islamic Educational Programme.
an interview with the Daily Observer, the director of Social Welfare Fanta Bai
Secka stated that the Department of Social Welfare’s collaboration in the pilot
scheme is in the area of child protection of the ‘Tabibes’ in the Majalis and
that the conditional cash transfer from Social Welfare is for the provision of
livelihood skills to the children.
twelve Majalis in the country will benefit from the conditional cash transfer
(CCT) project. She also
informed the heads of the Majalis that the staff of Social Welfare will on
monthly basis conduct monitoring exercise to the different Majalis identified
for this pilot project in order to see whether the cash donated to them is used
for its purpose. She added
that her department and partners will also try to help to conduct deworming and
birth registration exercise for children in the 12 Majalis in the project.
informed that the CCT project started in April this year and that since then
the Majalis are cooperating. She pointed
out that the whole idea about the project is to discourage the teachers in the
Majalis to send the children for street begging.
Mbenba Jara Suwareh of Jarra Baro Kunda, thanked the Department of Social Welfare
and partners for the support, noting that the facilitators are, since the
project started, teaching the children as required .
Cherno Momodou Gassama, the Marabout of Sinchu Jattaly in the Central River
Region also applauded the Department of Social Welfare and the Turkish Aid
International, MOBSE and ISRA for the timely assistance they are rendering to
the children. He assured
the delegation that the sanitary condition of the children and the livelihood
skills and the money that is donated to the Quranic schools for income
generating activity will be implemented.
Touray of Memeh in the Jokadu District, also thanked the Turkish Aid
International and the Department of Social welfare and partners for the
Welfare apart from the Majalis also distributed food items to SOS Basse.
places the team visited were Jarra Baro Kunda, Touba Wuli, Perai , Barajally,
Sinchu Jattaly, Medina, Daru- Rilwan and Memeh