Welcome to another edition of Personality of the Week, the weekly column which profiles Gambian men and women of interest.
In today’s edition, we bring you the profile of a woman who should need no introduction. She is Aja Binta Jammeh Sidibeh, executive director at the APGWA/SOBEYA skills training center located along Brikama highway. She is an erudite educationalist and one of The Gambia’s most respected citizens.
She was born 50 years ago in
Her mark for the common entrance exam was also in the top third nationally. As a result, she won a government scholarship organised by the then Ministry of Education under Louise Antoine Gomez, who expressed her gratitude to Mrs Sidibeh for being one of the top students.
Between 1967 and 1974 Mrs Sidibeh attended
Mrs Sidibeh attended Sir Dawda Lower Basic school in
As a result of her strong academic performance, she was awarded a government scholarship following graduation. The scheme was administered by the then Ministry of Education under Louise Antoine Gomez, who expressed her gratitude to Mrs Sidibeh for being one of the top students.
After securing the scholarship, she went to
In 1978 Mrs Sidibeh came back to The Gambia and worked on a project called the ‘Socio-economic Study of tourism in The Gambia’.
Between November 1978 and November 1979 she worked at the United States Embassy in
Between 1979 and 1988 she worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a training officer. She was eventually promoted to the position of program specialist.
Mrs Sidibeh has served in the following areas: member of the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) Board of Directors since 2002, nominated member of the National Women’s Council between 1987 and 1988, member of the Gambia Public Sector-Civil Society Interface Capacity Building Project (GICAP) project under the Ministry of Trade between 2002 and 2007, member of the Scholarship Advisory Board Committee of the then Ministry of Education between 1982 and 1988, vice-chairperson of the TANGO Board of Directors between 1999 and 2000, adviser to the Federation of Business Women and Entrepreneurs (FEBWE) Gambia Chapter since 2010.