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PEGEP conducts outreach sensitisation

Jan 3, 2011, 3:38 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

The President Empowerment of Girls Education Project (PEGEP) recently conducted a one-day outreach sensitization on education of the girl-child at schools and in communities in Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality.

In his speech before embarking on the sensitisation, the Mayor of the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Yankuba Colley, said the outreach was very important, adding that the forum gave an opportunity for both PEGEP officials and the school authorities to discuss issues about the girl-child.

“We all know that the development of the girl-child is among the priorities of the Gambia government; this is why the President, through PEGEP, intends to sponsor whoever is a girl going to school. From grades 7 to 12, the girl-child should have access to free education,” he said.

Mayor Colley said that the project manager of PEGEP, Hon. Aba Sanyang, and his staff decided to meet all those concerned to discuss with them the issue of the girl-child and her education because of its importance. “PEGEP is here to support the girl-child,” he added.

He also said: “The project is about our own children, because the students of today will tomorrow be our mayors, ministers, teachers and future leaders of this country, and the current leadership of the country under President Jammeh wants to see brighter future leaders of The Gambia.”

The project manager for PEGEP, Hon. Aba Sanyang, for his part, said: “The purpose of the outreach to schools is to discuss three major issues, namely the welfare of the girl-child under my project’s sponsorship; their academic performance in schools and the school list PEGEP gets from school heads to enable PEGEP to pay fees for the girls.”

“If all the funding agencies or scholarship bodies for girls are well coordinated, there will be no girl in this country who would not go through education smoothly,” Hon. Sanyang quoted the education ministry.

He continued: “We need full partnership from the school authorities and school management committees, to carry out our duty easily and more effectively".