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Teachers’ union, ActionAid sensitise mothers’ clubs on school improvement

Dec 21, 2015, 10:38 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU), in collaboration with Action Aid International The Gambia (AAITG), Friday concluded a two-day training for mothers’ clubs on School Improvement Plan (SIP) and School Improvement Grant (SIG).

The mothers’ clubs from seven schools within Region 1 and 2 were trained in relation to the Economic Literacy and Budget Accountability for Governance (ELBAG).

Speaking at the training held at the GTU secretariat in Kanifing, Antoinette Corr-Jack, general secretary of the GTU, said teachers, parents and students all have roles to play when it comes to education.

She told the mothers that the union has all along been working with teachers and students but felt it was time to involve parents.

She reiterated that the development of education should be the collective efforts of all relevant stakeholders.

Yankuba Kongira, officer-in-charge of research and documentation at the GTU, said the objective of the training is to get the participants understand and use budgets as an advocacy tool to enable communities of the poor and excluded people to demand greater economic justice.

Baba Sallah, professional development and training officer at the GTU, explained that school improvement planning is essentially meant to bring about changes in school performance.

He said such planning is about putting in place a set of well-tested processes of identifying and addressing the developmental needs of schools.

Mr Sallah said the planning process allow schools to identify priorities and targets over a period.

Alfusainey Sanyang, explaining the ELBAG concept, said the concept is drawn from experiences of working with communities to support people’s actions to claim citizenship and rights.It makes use of participatory methodologies and tools.