In their quest to promote girls’ education, Education for All Campaign Network, The Gambia (EFANet) are currently on a countrywide tour of communities in the Upper River Region.
The sensitisation fora, held in various places in the URR, notably Bakadaji Village and Nyakoi Taibatu in Jimara and Wulli West Districts respectively, are meant to educate the public on the importance of girls’ retention in school, among others.
Speaking at Bakadaji, the National Coordinator, Education for All Campaign Network The Gambia, Siyat Gaye, underscored the importance of the forum, saying it would avail officials the opportunity to discuss with people at the grassroots on how to improve the enrolment of girls in school as the Government is doing its part in the empowerment of girls’ education in the country.
Gaye noted that one of the things that was lacking is awareness creation, which as a result led to many girls leaving school.
He however said more effort is needed to consolidate and sustain the increased educational financing in order to ensure the fulfillment of the right to education as a fundamental human right.
Guardianship, he pointed out, used to be one of the factors that led to decline in girls’ attendance in school but that has now become a thing of the past as the Government through the Ministry of Education has brought education to the door steps of every Gambian.
The EFANet National Coordinator used the forum to commend the President of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia for the recent ban on child marriage, which according to him, also contributed to girls’ attendance in school especially in the provinces.
He thus urged participants to disseminate the information in their respective communities.
Musa Jobarteh, Programme Assistant for EFANet, underscored the importance of education in the socio-economic development of any nation.
He called for collective effort in promoting the enrolment of girls in school.
He recognised that the Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has taken gian steps in ensuring that all the necessary equipment and right strategies are put in place for the improvement of quality education in the country.
Momodou MS Camara, Senior Education Officer at Region Six, on behalf of the Regional Director, acknowledged that Government is doing its part by building schools and providing all the necessary items that are needed to attain quality education in the country.
by Momodou Jawo
In Basse, URR