for International Development and Educational Research (AIDER) Group, an
institute for academic research has recently opened in The Gambia to contribute
to the development of knowledge in the country.
The institute, established by Lamin Daffeh, a Gambian-British national who lives in UK, consists of areas of research on law, science, journalism, accounting, jurisprudence, ICT, management, marketing, economics, politics, history, literature, human resources, geography, among others.
Speaking to this reporter, Lamin Daffeh, CEO of AIDER Group, said he was always motivated by education and learning, adding that the institute was a dream which had come into reality. Daffeh said he had been working on it for the past 3 years.
Daffeh, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, lecturing international law, human rights and business, pointed out that he had seen the motivation of Gambians on how they want to learn, but unfortunately there was always a limitation on learning resources.
Daffeh, who is also doing his PhD in international law at Birmingham City University, noted that he has set up an environment where people could do their research, have access to books and free internet services.
The institute, according to him, would open from 9am to 8pm Mondays to Saturdays, adding that people would not be allowed to take home books, because they do not have that structure yet.
“We want to encourage students, lecturers, managers, marketing members and individuals to come and use the materials,” he added, saying that there would be monthly subscription fees which include the use of internet.
“Am looking forward to people coming to research and use our materials,” he said, adding “we are in New Gambia and everyone should be able to aspire to do best for themselves.”