Gambia High School launches Human rights club

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gambia Senior School last week launched its Human Rights club for the first time implemented by Bekanyang Kafo in partnership with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

Bekanyang Kafo; literally meaning equal opportunity, is a registered non-governmental organisation in The Gambia working with rural communities across the country on issues related to seduction, human rights promotion, climate change mitigation and women empowerment.

The organisation targets to enhance the participation of disadvantaged people in issues relating to good governance, human rights, child rights, women and youth development in The Gambia.

Bekanyang’s executive director Nfamara Jawneh said at the launching that the objective of establishing human rights club in schools is to teach students on their rights and responsibilities and the rights of others to promote positive social change in communities.

“At Bekanyang, we believe that there cannot be any sustainable development and peace without respect for human rights,” he said.

Mr. Jawneh called on the government to ensure protection of the rights of all citizens including children is guaranteed. “Participatory approach in Human Rights Education (HRE) promotes and values the sharing of personal knowledge and experience on human rights and encourages critical reflection on individual beliefs and values.”

At the launching, the organisation distributed 100 copies of the universals declarations on human rights.

Deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Adama Gimbara-Jobe applauded the organisation for their efforts in creating such symposium in schools. ‘We need citizens, who will respect one another; who will be able to understand and tolerate and accept our diversity and to consolidate our unity.”

Author: Fatou Dem