There is no gainsaying that education is one of the fundamental factors of development. No country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital, because it enriches people’s understanding of themselves and the world.
Education has been prioritised as a critical component of development since the advent of the Second Republic and as a result today Gambians have witnessed unprecedented developments in all spheres of national development largely due to the leadership’s investment in human capital in the last 22 years.
The foregoing premise was echoed by the Venezuelan Ambassador to The Gambia, who described the education sector as a critical component of the two countries’ bilateral relations. This is evidenced by the hundreds of Gambians who bagged various academic degrees from top universities in Venezuela alone. This is addition to the many others on Gambia government scholarships across the globe.
The University of The Gambia, the biggest achievement of this country, continues to graduate hundreds of students each year who are contributing positively to the socio-economic development of the country. University education has also improved the quality of their lives and raised their productivity and creativity. This has thus played a very crucial role in securing economic and social progress for Gambians.
The onus now lies on those thousands of Gambians who have benefited, directly or indirectly, from the investments made by the government to make the best use of the opportunities created.
And as rightly stated by Ambassador Rubio, to those 33 students who recently returned from to the South American country with degrees in medicine after seven years of studies in Venezuela, their area of specialisation is a very important necessity in The Gambia. Therefore, these students, just as the others before them, should give back to the people and government of The Gambia since a lot of energy and resources have been invested in them.