21 January 2013

Gambia: Region Five Education Directorate's Community Sensitisation Ends

Crr — The Regional Education Directorate in region five on Friday concluded a ten-day community sensitisation campaign to get children who are not in schoolenrolled.

The campaign, funded by the United Nations International Children Educational Fund (UNICEF), targeted the following communities: Jamagen, Kerr Katim, Pallol, Pallen, Daru Mbayen, Maka Ali Sarr, Pachonki, Faraba, Kerr Sait Maram and Boiram.These communities have more school-going children who aresent neither to the Madrassa nor to the conventional schools.

Janko Sanneh, the senior education officer of region five exhortedparents to send their children to school, saying that if children are properly educated they will be able to make relevant changes in society. He further asserted that providing quality education to children reflects the fact that every child is entitled to fundamental human rights and to be treated with dignity. Sanneh went on to say that education provides children with life skills that will enable them to make a difference and as well equips them with skills to become more productive citizens.

The education officer and focal person for the Madrassas, Mutarr Sambou; and Musu Sabally both spoke extensively on the importance of education, citing that it would transmit abstract qualities such as self-confidence, healthy living, and resilience. They pointed out that education is a key tool for development and invaluable means of addressing structural inequality and disadvantage.

The Alkalo of Jareng Tenda, Gibbi Sey assured the education officers that they would send their children to school. He appealed for a nursery school for children under seven, stressing the importanceof early childhood development.

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