The Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard), in collaboration with the Child Protection Alliance (CPA) recently held a two-day stakeholders' sensitisation at the Baobab Holiday Resort in Bijilo.
The stakeholders' workshop, funded by the British High Commission, was meant to raise awareness and enhance capacity building particularly on skills and knowledge needed for both protection and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Musukuta Badjie, the programme officer at CPA, expressed delight to partner with stakeholders in their endeavors to make the industry a better one. She reminded them of their obligations, which include to protect and promote issues related to child rights and protection in the country, morally and legally.
Badjie extended her institution's gratitude to the British High Commission for funding the project, and GTBoard for organising the workshop. This, she said, has shown their willingness in protecting children and promoting responsible tourism in The Gambia.
Njundu Drammeh, the national coordinator of CPA, reminded the participants on the importance of the sensitisation. He said it is important that they protect the tourism industry especially by protecting the children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
The product development officer of GTBoard, Ousman Kebbeh, deputising for the director general of GTBoard, applauded the partners and the funder of the project. He said tourism is not just about foreign earning but also it provides employment. He hailed the government of The Gambia for providing a better environment for GTBoard that enabled them come up with rules, regulations and laws to protect children.
On behalf of the minister of Tourism and Culture and the director general of GTBoard, he thanked the participating stakeholders for honoring their invitation to deliberate on child sexual abuse and exploitation. He said the reason behind the gathering, among other things, is to make sure that they strengthen the relationship among the stakeholders; that it is important that they stand up and help the children by waging war against exploitation. Kebbeh therefore urged everyone to desist from all that can harm children or derail the industry's progress.