National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) and The Association of
Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) are continuing their sensitisation
campaign of communities on democracy, political pluralism, tolerance civic
rights and duties.
The latest community to be sensitised is the Kombo South coastal community of Gunjur, last week. The countrywide sensitisation that began last month, started in CRR, URR, NBR, LRR and now in the Kombos, which is the last leg.
The sensitisation programme was sponsored by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) through TANGO, in partnership with National Center for Civic Education (NCCE).
Programme manager of NCCE, Yusupha Jammeh said Gambia has suffered a lot from lack of democracy, good governance and abuse of human rights for the past two decades. “And this series resulted to the change of government which led to a new dispensation that now guarantees the rights and freedom of every citizen to freely express themselves without any fear or depression,” he added.
He said there are lot of misconceptions and misrepresentations about democracy, saying the initiative is not only meant to sensitise people about democracy and good governance but also to promote tolerance and reconciliation and peaceful coexistence. “Many communities are divided on political lines and tribal sentiments. These are the things that we are trying to enlighten people on, to understand democracy and good governance.”
Mr. Jammeh revealed that people welcome the whole idea of the need to sensitise them on democracy, believing that it is one of the areas that will help to reconcile the country since it has been polarized by politics.
Alh. Jiki Darboe, Alkalo of Gunjur said the sensitisation was an important event since it is geared to educate citizens and maintain peace in The Gambia.
Pa Bojang, a native of Gunjur said politics now a days is destructive and it is creating unconducive environment for people. “Politics should be geared to connect people and people should be ready to accept our differences in exercising democracy,” he said.
Ansumana Yabo, civic education officer at NCCE said, NCCE was established by the government of The Gambia to sensitize citizens of their civic duties.