The Development Unit of the University of The Gambia last Wednesday October 19, launched the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) report and also presentation of certificates to those who participated during the exercise in a ceremony at The Gambia College in Brikama, West Coast Region.
The launching of the PRA report was graced by lecturers and development students of the UTG. The PRA exercise was conducted in two rural communities which were Sololo Mandinka and Bantanto, both in the Upper Fulladu District, Central River Region south.
Addressing the students, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor Pierre Gomez spoke extensively on the significance of the PRA exercise under the Development Unit, saying that it serves as a lab for the Unit where students can go and practicalise the theories they’ve learnt in the classroom.
He implored on the students to participate in the exercise and to take it seriously as it is part of their courses.
On her part, the senior lecturer of the Unit who was also the supervisor and coordinator of the exercise, Madam Junisa registered her appreciation to the UTG administration for their support towards the success of the exercise. She highlighted the importance of the exercise, noting that PRA is a growing family of approaches and methods to enable local people to share, enhance and analyse their knowledge of life and conditions, and to plan, act, monitor and evaluate.
She finally hailed the students for their commitment and collaboration during the exercise.
The head of the Department of the Division of Humanities, Abdou Karim Camara and president of the Participatory Social Research Association Musa Keita both said the purpose of the exercise was to expose students in the Development Unit, and the School of Arts and Sciences to the practical component of the PRA approach to development.
They pointed out that the exercise is conducted at the end of every second semester of the UTG academic calendar.
by Lamin SM Jawo