MoBSE, stakeholders discuss ASRH issues

Mar 2, 2021, 12:24 PM | Article By: Yunus S Saliu

Considering many obstacle affecting the implementation of Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) in The Gambia, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) in partnership with officials at Banjul City Council (BCC) recently converged at the McCarthy Square to discuss issues relating to Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH).

The project is titled: Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education in The Gambia.

The project is an implementation research done by Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education with funding from International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada.

The conducted research revealed key findings and challenges in implementing a Comprehensive Health Education for Adolescents in and out-of-school as reported by officials of NGOs, CSO, and school authorities.

Among identified challenges were lack of coordination across various implementing agencies of sexual and reproductive health programmes, funding gaps for sexual and reproductive health programmes, policy restrictions and societal norms that perceived discussions on sexual and reproductive health issues as highly culturally sensitive were all reported as major obstacles to implementing programmes on sexual and reproductive health education for out of schools adolescents.

Fatou Dally Bittaye, who represented director of Curriculum at MoBSE Momodou Jeng stated that; “when research is done with its finding, let’s not leave the findings to lie down to gather dust”.

Mrs. Phebian Ina Grant-Sagnia, principal investigator, Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education project for in-and-out of School Adolescents in Region I, The Gambia, gave a detail background of the project.

She added that the study, she explained, was in four different phases.

The interactive forum was attended by the deputy mayor of Banjul City Council, religious leaders, councillors, youth and representatives from CSOs and among others.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
In Leadership Lecture, Sabally Inspires Young Africans
May 11, 2020, 12:27 PM

Former Presidential Affairs Minister and International Speaker, Momodou Sabally has admonished young African leaders to remain committed and united in pursuit of their common goals of serving their organisations and communities with sincerity and dedication to duty in their bid to uplift the lot of their fellow citizens.

Lamin Cham
Cham admits escorting 3 Ghanaians to police headquarters
Mar 5, 2021, 12:57 PM

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DPS), Lamin Cham, yesterday testified before the TRRC, admitting that he escorted three Ghanaians: Robert Essien, Daniel Amankwa and Eric Yaw to police headquarters in Banjul.

UTG, 4 other higher learning institutions shut as Covid-19 surges
Aug 4, 2020, 2:54 PM

The University of The Gambia and four other higher learning institutions have been closed down by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology on Monday 3 July 2020 due to the continuous spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Mustapha Jobe
Transport Union forms interim committee
May 12, 2020, 11:41 AM

Members of The Gambia Transport Food, Agriculture and Industrial Workers Union, the biggest Transport Union in The Gambia, on Saturday 9 May 2020 overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution to dissolve its executive committee under the leadership of Mustapha Jobe, alleging that the committee has failed in all aspects and dormant in all major national issues affecting its members.