16 November 2012

Gambia: U.S.-Sponsored International Education Week Kicks-Off

The International Education Week, a three-day initiative co-sponsored by the United States Departments of State and Education, Tuesday, November 13th kicked-off around the globe on the theme "International education; improving opportunity, strengthening society".

The US Department of Education will lead events worldwide focusing on the vital role of international education in economic prosperity and advancing the United States' foreign policy goals.

The event officially kicked-off in The Gambia Wednesday at the American Corner located at Africell complex in Bundung. It marked the beginning of series of events to be organised to create additional public awareness about opportunities that exist for students wishing to study in United States.

Speaking at the occasion, the US ambassador to The Gambia, Edward M. Alford, said all over the world including The Gambia, his country has a programme to reach out to young students. He also disclosed that a total of 150 schools are participating. "I am a diplomat and not a teacher; but why am I so interested in education in diplomatic work?" he asked, while acknowledging that The Gambia has made tremendous strides in this sector.

The US diplomat further acknowledged the Gambia government's efforts to have every boy and girl in the country access primary education by 2015, the deadline for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

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