FILL commences second facilitators training

Friday, October 18, 2019

(Tuesday 15th October 2019 Issue)

Family and Intergenerational Literacy and Learning (FILL), Monday started its second phase of facilitators training. The ongoing four-day training is a follow up on the earlier three-day consultative workshop held in July.

The training is a continuous collaborative effort of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), The Gambia National Commission for UNESCO (NatCOM) and partner – UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), meant to make education more accessible among children and adults living in socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The training targets to enable participants to acquire and share knowledge, skills and educational practices gained from the training with literacy participants in a bid to improve their reading, writing and livelihood skills.

It also targets to enhance the learning environment through appropriate models of family literacy and learning approaches and support the development of functional literacy skills of learners in the project intervention sites.

Currently underway at the Region one Education Directorate in Kanifing, the training is funded by German Federal Foreign Office with technical support of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

Family and Intergenerational Literacy and Learning Programme (FILL) is an initiative that aims to promote and develop literacy, numeracy and functional skills of both children and adults. Also, it brings together adults and their children to learn reading and writing together.

The programme objective is to make education more accessible by promoting basic literacy-reading, writing and numeracy-skills development among children and adults living in socio-economically disadvantaged communities and to enable family members to share knowledge, skills and practices gained from the programme.

Tida Jatta-Jarjou, director of Basic and Secondary Education Directorate (BSED) said the May 2018 MoBSE, UIL and NatCOM co-organized technical workshop was used as a key to familiarize key stakeholders in The Gambia with intergenerational learning approaches to literacy.

She said since September 2018, the project has been piloted in close collaboration with NatCOM and MoBSE with technical support from UIL, Hamburg office.

Mrs Jatta-Jarjou said the pilot project selected Njama Sinyan and Kaleng Jawbeh communities in regions 3 and 5 as implementation sites, while the literacy classes were organized in Wolof and Pulaar. “They are the respective languages of the two communities,” she said.

She explained that 2016-2030 education policy emphasizes on increase access for adults and out-of-school children to functional literacy and numeracy programmes in order to significantly reduce illiteracy by 2030.

Sofia Chatzigianni, assistant programme specialist, Godfrey Sentumbwe, co-trainer from Uganda and Lamin Jarjou, Senior Program Officer at NatCOM all made remarks and highlighted on the ultimate aim of the training.

Author: Yunus S. Saliu