Stakeholders on Thursday converged at Regional Education Directorate One in Kanifing to review the National Education Sector plans aiming to ensure that all educational projects are successfully implemented.
This synergy, which is widely called the Joint Donor Review and Supervision Mission for Education Sector, also included dialogue and consultation on sector policy issues and plans.
The forum availed participants the opportunity to examine progress towards the execution of the activities under the Education Sector Strategic Plan and the attainment of its entire objectives.
The objective is to ensure that the entire education sector plans, which are strategic, medium term and policy, are executed within the limited framework of Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdou Kolley, acknowledged the efforts of the education sector in this country, saying his Ministry is keen to collaborate to ensure that the national objective on education is met at all cost.
He outlined that the duty of every government is to ensure every child has access to education. This, he said, is why the world this year went on to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks to replace the fading Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“As far as The Gambia is concerned, we are far ahead, because the government, through the Ministries of Education has taken giant steps to ensure that no one is left behind” Minister Kolley noted.
The Finance minister further stated that university education in this country is easily accessible at a minimum cost, while urging partners to set their eyes fixed on the objectives of the National Education Sector.
Ms. Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the UNICEF Country Representative, who recognised the country’s gains in universal primary education, also stated that SDGs, which comprises of 17 Goals and 169 Targets, are far-reaching and even more comprehensive in ensuring that every aspect relevant to human life is captured.
At the national level, she added, the education sector concluded consultation and dialogue on the National Education Policy, which she said culminated into a National Conference on Education.
Dilating on the Early Childhood Development (ECD), the UNICEF Country Rep. hailed the National Education Sector for embracing the value and potential of ECD in enhancing school readiness and holistic development of children, which she acknowledged would ultimately pave the path to children’s future success and happiness as adults.
Madam Ryoko Tomita of World Bank applauded the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for their achievements in education, noting that all World Bank projects are going well in the country.
Abdi Moalin Abdullahi of the Islamic Development Bank Education Project, The Gambia assured the education sector of their continued support to bilingual education such as formal education in Madrasas and the university.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr. Cherno Omar Barry, intimated that MoHERST is committed to easy access of education for all. He pointed out that since there is only one government university in the country, his ministry will as much as possible continue to create opportunities for skills training in all the regions.