UNGA77th- President Barrow pledges heavy investment in quality education, skills development
The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, has pledged to heavily invest in quality education, skills development.
The president delivered the national statement of commitment at the Transforming Education Summit on the sidelines of the ongoing UNGA77 in New York, on Monday September 18, 2022.
The transforming education summit seeks a global response to the crisis in education, which has a devastating impact on the future of children and youth worldwide. It provides an opportunity to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and galvanise action to transform education in a rapidly changing world.
President Barrow stated that The Gambia upholds education and skills acquisition as a right for every citizen to attain goals and commitments.
The country also seeks to achieve high learning and skills outcomes, with more than 80 per cent of the children reaching the minimum learning competencies and standards in line with the National Education Policy.
The government also pledged to invest in foundational literacy and numeracy and employ skills development initiatives that enhance independent learning, creativity, interpersonal skills and critical thinking capabilities.
Given the country’s insufficient and ill-equipped digital learning platforms and the incapacitated workforce, the government renews its commitment to improving the welfare and professional development of the education workforce.
‘’In the past, the school system in The Gambia focused heavily on academic achievement, leading to the perception that TVET is reserved for academic failures,” Barrow said.
He added, “The government will establish more technical Senior Secondary Schools, upgrade subvented tertiary institutions to degree awarding institutions and establish tertiary TVET centres in all administrative regions.”
According to Barrow, the objective is to build TVET-based foundational skills and promote indigenous content.