UN System, gov’t mark 73rd UN Day

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

United Nations system and the government of The Gambia last week commemorated the 73rd UN Day at Nusrat Senior Secondary School in Bundung.

Celebrated since 1948, this year’s celebration marks the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations Charter coming into effect.

Representing the UN resident coordinator at the celebration, Sandra Latuise said the celebration activities are aimed at raising awareness on the work of the UN in The Gambia, especially in human capital development.

The celebration, she pointed out, will create greater appreciation and understanding of the UN system in the country and to popularise the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 4, which include inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. “The United Nations is working with the government to support the education needs of Gambians as articulated in the National Development Plan (NDP) and The Gambia education policy of 2016- 2030.”

Ms. Latuise said studies have indicated that over 180, 000 children of school age are at risk of dropping out. The 2016 out of school study, she added, showed low skilled and low motivated teachers and inadequate learning materials is affecting the education sector.

Lamin Fatajo, director of human resources at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education said everyone should be given the opportunity to go to school to acquire quality education.

Fatou Jonga, president of the University of The Gambia Students Union and Asantewaa Jobarteh, a student at Nusrat both expounded on the challenges students face in their education.  They appealed to the government to provide qualify teachers and to bring back National Assessment Test (NAT) to schools, provide libraries and learning materials to achieve quality education.         

Author: Sanna Jallow