Education for All Campaign Network The Gambia (EFANet) with support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) recently commenced a three-day training for members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The three-day synergy currently underway at the Regional Education Directorate in Kanifing, is also designed to strengthen the capacity of EFANet members on leadership and organizational management, advocacy skills and techniques, monitoring and evaluation and MOBSE education policy 2016-2030, among a host of others.
In her opening remarks, Zono Jammeh, chairperson of EFANet Board, said the training is in line with her organization’s mission to mobilise, build and strengthen the capacity of its members to advocate for effective realization of the educational goals for all in The Gambia.
The training, she went on, will give the participants the opportunity to consult and share advocacy strategies and best practices with one another.
“It will also help build the capacity of our members in various areas of advocacy”.
The EFANet Chairperson hailed the cordial relationship between EFANET and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, saying; “Our cordial relationship with MOBSE goes to show that Government and civil societies can work in mutual agreement in promoting education in the country.”
The National Coordinator of EFANet, Siyat Gaye, underscored the crucial role civil societies played in promoting education in any country. The training, he added, is in response to their mandate to bring organisations that are advocating and promoting education in the country.
“We deemed it fitting to come together and discuss on ways and how we can advocate for the promotion of quality education for all. Yes access to education is more realistic now, but sustainability remains the biggest challenge in the country’s educational sector,” he said.
For his part, the programme specialist education Action Aid, Bakary Fadera, said it is paramount for parties advocating for education to engage the country’s politicians on how they can also put more focus on the education sector.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow