GCR trains 7 institutions on refugee protection and management

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

(Issue, Monday - 29 October 2018)

A total of seven security training institutions have benefitted from a three-day capacity building training from The Gambia Commission for Refugees which conducted a three day training on international protection and refugee management held at Sea View Hotel.

Organised by The Gambia Commission for Refugees, the training was attended by participants from The Gambia Immigration Department training school, Gambia Armed forces training school, Gambia Prison services training school, Fire and Rescue Services training school, Police training school and State Intelligence Service training school. The training also covered international protection, national, legal and institutional frameworks.

At the end of the training, the seven security training schools received laptops and were provided with logistic support to help improve their performance as training instructors in the country and to enhance the knowledge and understanding of trainers.

Sekou Saho, head of UNHCR Gambia said continuous training is important, promising that they will continue the training whenever the need arises. “International protection is everyone’s business whether in the country or outside,” he said.

He stated that it is development and life skills that will be needed in the services especially for those who take part in peace keeping missions, saying it is important to know the differences and similarities that exist between laws such as international humanitarian and the international refuge.

He urged the trainees to transfer the knowledge they gained from the training to their institutions, saying the country needs capacity development.

Yusufa Gomez, executive secretary of Gambian Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) said the training should be mainstreamed to make it more sustainable to help new recruits in the system. He added that GAFNA is the NGO partner of UNHCR and their business is to provide development software for refugees in their development work.

Ismaila Jammeh, one of the participants thanked UNHCR, Gambia Commission for Refugees and GAFNA for conducting the training which, he said is a step in the right direction in ensuring transfer of knowledge. “I believe that this training has certainly provided us an insight into the legal instruments of refugee protection,” Jammeh stated 

Author: Fatou Bojang & Awa Ndiaye