Young people call for quality education

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Young people in the Lower River and Upper River Regions have called for quality and equal education for all.

They argued that the development of a country depends on the high rate of education; hence it should be a priority of the government to improve on the education sector to meet the needs of young people in the country.

They were speaking during the transitional justice nationwide tour involving young people as their voices matter in building peace and democracy in the country.

 Abdoulie Touray from Soma Upper and Senior Secondary School said they are still experiencing inequality in their community, that priority was given to boys than girls, adding that girls’ education was very important.

He stressed that the government should work towards providing more schools and improving the quality of education.

For her part, Sainabou Sambou from Basse T Junction, also called on the government to help the physically challenged with schools in Basse as they have only one school that is catering for lower basic.

The workshop dilated widely on various subjects to prepare the children and youth to be part of the transitional justice process in rebuilding The Gambia.

Mariama Singhateh from the Ministry of Justice sensitised children on their roles in the transitional justice process.

She said transitional justice is a process of changing from an era of oppression to a state of democracy.

She added that to meet this goal, the truth must come out by looking into the past, saying that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would bring victim and perpetrators together and also investigation would be conducted on all allegations so that there would be reconciliation as a nation.

She advised the children to extend the message in their communities and at school level in a correct manner as their contribution is important in national development.

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez