of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in collaboration with
International Diaspora are currently meeting at the Kairaba beach hotel in
Kololi where they are discussing quality education and its relevance. The theme
of the meeting is: Education and National Development in The New Gambia.
Yaya Sireh Jallow, Permanent Secretary at the Higher Education Ministry said earlier this year, they convened a planning meeting in preparation for the forum, which, he said, was well attended.
He said the meeting would outline key issues of concern to the higher education sector that needed the attention of all well-meaning Gambians at home and abroad. “The ministry’s priorities were highlighted and discussed during the January meeting and by way of summary, these include but not limited to transformation of some tertiary and higher education institutions and capacity development for faculty and staff,” PS Jallow said.
He said the meeting will also discuss issues on institutional strengthening through program, staff and course audits, promotion and strengthening of STEM education, agriculture and health, and promotion of TVET education and skills acquisition especially for youth, women and vulnerable groups through the establishment of TVET/ skills centers in each of the five administrative regions of the country.
Professor Michael Ba-Banutu Gomez from Rowan University in the United States and chair and coordinator of Diaspora Education Forum told participants that they all choose to be part of the planning meeting because of their mutual passion to help in the achievement of their goals as a group.
To make this possible we need to create a partnership that is based on mutual benefit. This is what will make our partnership successful because it will allow us to identify priority areas in providing quality education from kindergarten to university in The Gambia.