13 December 2012

Gambia: BHC Joins Forces With Conscience Int'l to Promote Gender Equality

The British High Commission (BHC) in The Gambia recently joined forces with the charity - Conscience International to provide adult literacy lessons with a particular focus on marginalised women.

A media communiqué from the diplomatic mission revealed that it is estimated that only 33 percent of women in The Gambia are literate. "Participants taking part in the lessons will be between 20 - 65 years of age with the majority having never been to school. Lessons are due to start in January 2013 and will focus on Bunklin and Madiana in the West Coast Region; and Latrikunda German in the Kanifing Municipality. It is hoped that the lessons will increase the women's life skills, improve their ability to access opportunities and enable them to participate in community decision making processes," the release stated.

"I am delighted that the British High Commission is associated with this worthwhile and valuable initiative.Conscience International does great work in The Gambia and I'm pleased we are able to help them promote gender equality by helping in a small way to finance their literacy and numeracy workshops," the British High Commissioner, David Morley stated in the release.

Meanwhile, the international programme officer for Conscience International, Amy Sheppey, according to the release also commented on this development. "We are deeply grateful for the support of the British High Commission. As a small NGO, our partnerships are vital for strengthening the organisation and achieving our development goals. Illiteracy rates in West Africa are some of the highest in the world, with women in particular missing out on vital education. We look forward to running, in partnership, a successful programme for 2013,"the release concludes.

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