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Action-Aid Sensitize Students on Civic Rights & Responsibilities

By Ousainou J Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
ActionAid International The Gambia in partnership with Youth Movement for Civic Education last week Saturday 23rd October ,2021, conducted a day long Sensitization forum for senior secondary school students on civil rights and responsibilities.
The event brought together over one hundred students (100) including teacher coordinators of the various civic clubs from schools in west Coast region and other stakeholders. The event took place at the Regional Educational Directorate Hall (region 2) in Brikama.
The purpose of the activity was to sanitize schools going children on building a domestic culture and Tolerance through awareness raising and civic education.
According to Foday Kanyi, Program Manager of Local Rights who also double as the Coordinator of the Project Co-funded by European Union and implemented by ActionAid International the Gambia and ACTIVISTA.
The title of the 24 months project is called ‘’ Building Democratic Culture, Tolerance through awareness creation and civic education mainly targeting women and youth. He further mentioned that the project fits well with the 6-year strategy plan (2018-2023) under Programme ambition 2 which states Achieve Quality, Gender-Responsive Public Services, transparent and accountable public resource mobilization, and management by government.
Kanyi highlighted that the partnership with youth movement for civic education could not come a better time than now, looking at the urgent need for creating awareness on political tolerance and maintaining peaceful co-existence a head of December 4th Presidential Election. He assured participants that ActionAid and YMCE will continue to on civic education matters in The Gambia. ActionAid believes working with and through partners in achieving desired objectives and goals.
He challenged the participants to endeavor and sent out key messages on peace especially pre-and post-elections. Accessing valuable information always enable effective and efficient decision-making process. He further emphasis on the theme of the convergence ‘’ Peaceful coexistence can only be achieved through tolerance’’ Tolerance and respecting diversity is a key principle in making sure people live in a society free.
According to Tambedou who represent the Regional Education Director in his opening remarks said the Ministry of Education has formally signed an MOU with Youth movement for civic education in establishing civic clubs in schools this will enhance Civic rights and responsibilities. This will also help the ministry to effectively monitor the implementation of activities with the schools. He assured YMCE of ministry’s support and Tambedou further highlights some of the Human Rights issues including right to freedom, race, ethnic group, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion, and social origin etc.
The chairperson highlighted the training sessions we expecting to go through, situational overview of pre-and post-election violence and Democratic principle and good governance.

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