for All Campaign Network-The Gambia (EFANET), an education coalition body that
advocates for the realisation of education for all in the education related MDG
recently commemorated its Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 2018 at the
Regional Education Directorate (RED) 2 in Brikama.
The commemoration was characterized with a march past by voluntary organisations and students from Brikama Mini Stadium to the Regional Education Directorate 2. This year’s event was held on the theme “Ensuring Accountability for SDG4 and Active Citizen Participation: Keep Your Promises”.
Addressing the gathering, Bakary Badjie EFANET Board Chairperson said that the commemoration provides them a unique opportunity to renew their efforts towards achieving change in accomplishing their goals.
“It is two years now when government committed themselves to the Sustainable Development Goals emphasising the right to quality education, so it is now time for them to prove that they are working hard to prove that goal” he stated.
Sustainable Development Goal number -4, he went on, calls for inclusiveness and equitable access to quality education as well as promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all including persons with disabilities, the poor, geographically disadvantaged communities.
Badjie noted that though more children are going to school, yet many do not acquire basic skills in reading and numeracy.
For his part, Adama Jimba Jobe, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, pointed out that the just ended education policy 2000-2015 was mainly to address: Access, Quality and Relevance Education for all and that period saw the birth of many initiatives and intervention by MoBSE.
“Policy priorities are identified to allow for the growth of educational opportunities and improve the effectiveness of education at all levels, from early Childhood development (ECD) to tertiary and higher education, with the full participation of stakeholders” he added.
PS Jobe acknowledged that SDG-4 and its targets are 10 in number encompassing different aspects of education, seven of which are expected outcomes, while the remaining three are means of achieving these targets.
He indicated that The Gambia government and MoBSE in particular are still committed to keeping their promise as far as the SDG-4 is concerned, as these targets are enshrined in their Education Policy 2016-20130, which is at the same time the target period for the SDG-4 by the international community.