By Ousman A. Marong
3D Gam/GamGlobal, an NGO operating in The Gambia has on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) at the Regional Education Directorate 1 in Kanifing.
The NGO is currently working with over 100 schools in The Gambia on its human rights project.
The objective of the NGO is to provide support for technological, educational, economical, socio-cultural improvement of the disadvantaged in the communities.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Lamin S. Jawara, 3D Gam/GamGlobal Homeland General said by making little difference to lives of people it will enable them make informed decisions as determinant of their destiny.
He said they have already provided more than 30 schools with Article 30 of the UN Convention on Human Rights for students to learn and know human rights values as well as have their capacities built to respect humanity.
He remarked that The Gambia just emerged from 22 years of dictatorship which is why they brought the human right Articles to students to instil those values in children to catch them young.
Ibrahima Sisawo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education said there is no better way to support the country than intervening in the education sector, thanking 3D Gam/GamGlobal for the partnership.
He described the educational sector as a critical sector that requires a lot of resources which government alone cannot do, saying this is why they encourage partnership, particularly at basic level as the foundation.
“People knowing their human rights values will also help them to critically evaluate themselves properly and give themselves respect and the dignity they deserve”, he elucidated, hoping that the partnership will be extended after 3 years and expanded to other schools.
He called on other NGOs, especially Gambian NGOs and philanthropists to come on board and support the education system as it is a very expensive venture, now advocating for quality education.
He advocated that if quality education should be guaranteed all hands must be on deck as only Government alone cannot do it all.
“Together we can transform the educational sector and make it very vibrant which will be a good foundation to transform the country’s economy”, he enthused.