Gambia Teachers Union (GTU), on Saturday held its first young teachers
conference at a hotel in Kololi. This year’s confab was held the theme: Young
teachers, the future of the profession.
Addressing the conference, Secretary General of the Union, Marie Antoinette Corr said young teachers forming part of the conference is essential for their professional growth and to keep up the current trends in education.
“We pride ourselves for the nobility of the profession that has a wholesome influence on every teacher; hence every teacher is seen stretching his or herself to their extreme best in ensuring that education in this country be given such value.”
She reminded the gathering that even in the hardest time against the toughest odds, they never give in to pessimism and never surrender their fates to chance but they are working hard to seek out new frontiers so as to create a platform for youth to discover their voice.
“We give young members the chance to find out more about their rights in their work place and the support the Union can offer.”
Mrs. Corr also advise the young teachers that they should constantly work to adopt and create the best learning environment ad to use the most effective teaching strategies to make the profession one of the nation’s most venerated professions.
President of the Union, Martin Gomez said this is a wake up call for young teachers to comfort the challenges with passion for a secured future.
“We need roots in the reality of the tremendous challenges that our country faces and the need to seek imaginative solutions to those challenges.”
Mr. Gomez said leaders should listen to the young people, to invest in them and involve them meaningfully in all decision-making especially on issues that affect lives.
Ebrima Saho, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education acknowledged that teaching is a noble profession, saying many countries are developed than The Gambia not because of the raw materials they have, but because of the skills.
Fatou Khan, personnel management officer at State House said young teachers are responsible for molding the young generation for the development of the country’s human capital.
Education, she added, is the most important tool to develop a society with free of discrimination which give both boys and girls the opportunity to excel, regardless of their social background.
“We are proud to see our young men and women struggling to provide for their families which even force them to engage in irregular migration in search of greener pasture.”
Mrs. Khan called on authorities to invest more in young people to be productive in society, saying ‘if they are empowered, their capability will be limitless’.