6 December 2012

Gambia: EFA Regional Committee's AGM Hell

Crr — The Education for All (EFA) Regional Campaign Network Committee on Sunday held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Janjangbureh, Central River Region (CRR). The regional chapter was established to embark on campaign on relevant issues affecting enrolment and retention.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara, the deputy governor of CRR, highlighted the importance of the forum, saying that the most precious resource of the state is the people; 'hence the access to quality education by all the citizens will help transform the country into a literate and economically viable state'.To achieve this objective, he indicated, education for all is given top priority in government's development programme. Camara called on the committee members to live up to expectation, saying that there are still low enrolments in other schools.

The national chairperson of EFA network, Zono Jammeh, explained that the role of the regional committee is to help in community sensitisation to increase enrolment at lower basic school and their retention. Education, she stressed, is a basic human right, pointing out that EFA national assessment in The Gambia, which is in response to the Dakar Framework of Action, shows that education for all is a realistic and achievable goal.

The regional chairperson, Hamadi Jawneh affirmed that the regional chapter was established shortly after the establishment of the national chapter, which came into effect due to Dakar Framework. He revealed that the regional chapter has embarked on campaign at Kibiri, Tabanani, Yalal and Demfai Lower Basic Schools and that it has registered significant achievement in the area of enrolment.

Jawneh went on to inform that the regional chapter meet quarterly to discuss relevant issues affecting enrolment, retention and early childhood education. He said the committee has also established strong partnership with other NGOs, organisations and some government institutions. He commended all those who in one way or the other contributed to the success of the campaign.

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