The Education for All Campaign Network The Gambia (EFANET) on Saturday organised a one-day cluster and community sensitisation forum on the promotion of girls education in the country.
The sensitisation, based on four areas notably; enrolment, retention, performance and completion, was held at the Regional Education Directorate in Kerewan and Essau Lower Basic School in the North Bank Region.
The sensitisation targeted mothers’ club, school girls, teachers, cluster monitors and community leaders.
Saite Gaye, National Coordinator of EFANET Gambia, underscored the importance his office and partners attach to education for all, noting that it enhances national development and also contribute to sustainable livelihood development.
He stressed for attitudinal change among parents and opinion leaders towards girls education at all levels, noting that it promotes fundamental human rights, thereby contributing to the empowerment of girls and women.
Gaye maintained that girls education is a right and it must be respected and above all any investment in girls education is an investment in the future for all.
He said community, parents and religious scholars are the driving force in motivating girls to go to school and urged them to stop all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
Karamo K Kinteh, regional chairperson for EFANET NBR Chapter, thanked all stakeholders for their support to the chapter in promoting girls education in the area.
He however expressed concern on low performance and the sucessful completion of girls education and called for concerted efforts by all to support this noble initiative.
Kinteh indicated that the introduction of School Improvement Grant was aimed at supporting the education of boys and girls in schools.
Alhaji Tamba S Kinteh, a community leader from Kinteh Kunda Jannehya, thanked EFANET for the laudable initiative in raising public awareness on the importance of girls education.
The move he went on, would contribute greatly to the empowerment process as well as enhances socio-economic development of women and girls.
Kinteh, therefore, called on the mothers’ club to be proactive so as to ensure that girls complete their schooling.
He also thanked the President of the Republic for the recent banning of forced and early marriages in the country.
Alhagie Babou Jallow
& Binta Bah