have lamented that lack of electricity was hindering their academic
They were speaking during involvement of the children and youth in the transitional justice process organized by UNICEF and partners, held at the Regional Education office in Kanifing.
Ahmed Sambura, a student from Kotu Senior Secondary School said the school system is poor because of the lack of basic amenities like proper toilet, water and electricity.
“It is a challenge to them as students when they are to do their practicals as science students, they need electricity to use projector, and is a threat to national development,” she said.
Kaddy Colley from St. Therese Upper Basic School said the programme has motivated them on their rights as future leaders to take a positive step, adding that setting up the TRRC was important for people to reconcile after 22 years of dictatorship rule.
She revealed that with the population of St. Therese Upper Basic School being more than 3000 pupils and a class average of 60,absence of fans and stable electricity affect their performance in class.
She disclosed that the recent power shortage was their uppermost challenge as they use smart board to watch movies to help them understand their lessons.
Isatou Bundu from SOS Senior Secondary School said the workshop has equipped them about their rights, having the belief that children could do anything they wanted, but it has shown that it comes with responsibilities.
“As we moved from one political arena to another, it is important for the government to look back for education that will be cheap for all,” she said.
Lamin B. Ceesay, vice chairperson of KM youth committee said transitional justice would prepare them for the future as Gambians, adding that it was important to the new political dispensation reflecting on the past to move forward.
He added that young people have voted for the coalition government for change, promises having been made to them to create incentives for young people, especially on the issues of migration and unemployment which is a threat to national security.
They should consider these issues and work with the National Youth Council to upgrade the life of young people, he said.
He said that he was to enroll for computer science studies but with the issue of electricity, it was rather impossible.
“The country wants young people to become entrepreneurs and self-innovative and people of potential in society but energy is needed. Young people are still tasking the government to help with the energy as it is the key for development,” he stated.