Nova Scotia Gambia Association recently concluded a day open forum tagged, “Bantaba” session, targeting school management committees, mothers clubs, policy makers and other stakeholders in the business of education.
According to organisers the event is meant to increase awareness of the rights to and in education by collecting data using the Promoting Rights in Schools framework with multi-stakeholder groups of children, parents, teachers, community leaders, local education groups, researchers among others. It also seeks to promote safe and non-violent schools by advocating for adequate and appropriate learning environments including implementation of a Teachers’ Code of Conduct and other policy provisions.
Mr. Nyakassi Jarju, the Country Director of NSGA delivered the welcoming remarks. He pointed out the pivotal role his agency is playing in the strive for better and quality education in the areas of awareness creation and health promotion in schools. He also acknowledged the positive partnership brought about by this project to the contribution of NSGA in the education sector.
On behalf of Antoinette Corr Jack, Secretary General of Gambia Teachers Union, Madam Janet A Mansal delivered the opening remarks. In her presentation she highlighted that the PRS project is an initiative introduced by AAITG through her Education Adviser, Madam Kaddijatou Baldeh who came across the practice and aimed at replicating the good practice in The Gambia.
In delivering the overview presentation on the PRS project, Madam Kaddijatou Jallow Baldeh, the Education Advocacy Adviser, Action Aid International The Gambia, elaborated on the importance of moral parental support as well public cooperation to successful implementation and monitoring of the project.
According to her, the gap between the rich and the poor still exist, thus reflecting on the type of support that students from each of these families receive. This should not have adversely affected the children’s education, as access to quality education for all should be universally possible for all, irrespective of family class.
The PRS project builds on education and human rights framework to describe an ideal school that deliver/provide quality education thus using methodologies that support the link between the programme at school and policy advocacy at national and international levels.
Mr. Matarr Baldeh, coordinator, EFANet, highlighted that the policy brief is crucial in the project as it aims at creating awareness on realities and challenges faced by project implementation in order for the policy advocacy framework of the project for effect policy dialogue on recommendations to the right authorities for timely action and intervention.
Ms. Matida Komma delivered the closing remarks on behalf of the Nova Scotia Gambia Association.