for Human Rights International; a youth-led rights group says it will be
increasing its human rights education initiatives in The Gambia as part of
their efforts to accelerate broader understanding of young people on issues
related to good citizenship, respect for the rule of law and participatory
The organisation is partnering with London-based “3DGam”, an association which is also registered in The Gambia as a charity organisation, to roll out human rights education in 81 selected schools across the country.
The 30 Articles of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” have been translated into Gambian local languages for ease of understanding.
The launch of the human rights education for schools in July 2018 was attended by cabinet ministers and senior government officials, who praised the Youth for Human Rights International, International Association of Scientologists and its partners; 3DGam for an important initiative.
Information and Communication Minister Ebrima Sillah thanked the rights group and assured them that, the human rights education for schools was an important first step that could possibly be piloted in Gambian school curriculum.
The International Association of Scientologists also sponsored a drug education initiative bringing the truth about drugs to youth across the world. An initial discussion was graced by Minister Sillah in his recent visit to London where he participated in a discussion on the need to target the menace. “We need a drug free Gambia and a more productive Gambia,” said Minister Sillah.
The Truth About Drugs education program includes resource materials in the form of DVDs and booklets, it would be beneficial to both youths and adults in raising high level awareness on the truth about different types and categories of drugs and their negative impact, not only the users/addicts but for the society in general. Drug abuse related issues would be highlighted by these materials and will generate greater understanding of the truth about the harmfulness of drugs.
Amadou Marong of 3DGam and 3DGamGlobal thanked the International Association of Scientologists for their support in making the human rights materials available in The Gambia Schools and is currently discussing the potential of making the drug educational materials also available to Gambian youth and related bodies.