PAMOJA Gambia sensitises stakeholders on SDG 4

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Network of Participatory Methodologies Practitioners/ Pamoja Gambia chapter, recently organized a one-day sensitisation for stakeholders on Sustainable Development Goals with focus on SDG 4, which ensures inclusive and quality education for all and promotes lifelong learning opportunities.

The sensitization which was part of series of regional activities to create more public awareness on the SDG was held in Kerewan North Bank Region.

Speaking at the occasion, Faburama Fofana, National Coordinator PAMOJA Network, spoke on the significance and importance to support government in the popularisation of Sustainable Development Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities.

He noted that the forum aims to sensitize ward councillors, Civil Society Organizations, education officials, NBR Technical Advisory Committee and community radios, with the view to educating and informing on the significance of contributions of national government to the fulfillment of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Network of Participatory Methodologies Practitioners-Gambia/Pamoja Gambia is affiliated to Pamoja West Africa (PWA), which is an umbrella organization for National Pamojas from 13 West African countries including The Gambia.

Pamoja West Africa is a beneficiary of a contribution from the Swiss Cooperation for the partial financing of its strategic plan.

The contribution constitutes the support to the different National Networks for the implementation of activities of the 2017-2019 strategic plan.

He noted that education was critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of people to address environment and development issues.

Basic good quality education and further learning and training are essential to enable individuals and communities to adapt to environmental, social and economic change at local and global levels.

Governor Ebrima K.S. Dampha of NBR lauded PAMOJA Gambia chapter for complementing government’s efforts on the popularisation of Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on SDG 4, which ensures inclusive and quality education for all and promotes lifelong learning opportunities.

He noted that SDG 4 strongly advocates for an all inclusion to support in mobilisation of human and financial resources for the attainment of SDG 4, to enhance national development efforts in improving lives and livelihood development.

Governor Dampha called on all to support the dissemination of SDG 4 in providing lifelong learning opportunities for all irrespective of social status.

Ebrima Jammeh and Ba Ansu Fofana, lead facilitators said the Network of Participatory Methodologies Practitioners is a consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations. They disclosed that their organizations use varied participatory methodologies/approaches in their various intervention areas in adult literacy and rural development with the sole objective of empowering the rural communities.

The duo asserted that education, including formal education, adult learning, literacy, public awareness and training, should be recognized as a process by which human beings and societies could reach their fullest potential. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh