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Education Network Holds General Assembly to Review Policies, Challenges

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By Ndey Sowe

Education for All Campaign Network The Gambia (EFANet) has Wednesday held its General Assemble (GA) to review their policies and key challenges they are facing with.

The network’s policies and programmes activities, financial reports, and constitution as well as identify solutions to the challenges they are grappling with.

The general assembly was also meant to elect new Board of Directors of the network. The positions include Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer, who will serve as an oversight body and steer the affairs of the coalition for three consecutive years.

The meeting took place at Baobab Resort in Bijilo under the theme: “General Assemble and Election of the EFANet Board of Directors and Induction Training.”

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Fatou Njie, EFANet Region 2 Kombo Chapter Chairperson, said she is optimistic that those that will be newly elected will ensure the network is vibrant in the next three years.

Bakary Badjie, Chairperson of EFANet Board, said the conduct of the general assembly is a fulfillment of a constitutional requirement and it is in line with EFANet’s mandate which is to ensure that the right of “Every Child to Education is respected, protected and fulfilled.”

He highlighted that EFANet has achieved major milestones in increasing its membership at the regional chapter and national levels.

Badjie expressed appreciation to the board and EFANet coalition and membership for the immense support and solidarity that they have been receiving from their esteemed international partners, OXFAM-IBIS, ANCEFA, GCE and GPE, and the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) and the Education Out Loud (EOL) project.

Kalipha Jabbi, President for Education Students’ Association (EDUSA), reaffirmed his association undiluted assurance to continue the spirit of working hand in glove with EFANet as per their vision to “realize quality education for all in The Gambia by 2030 and transforming the network into a strong education lobby group.”

“EDUSA might not have the financial wherewithal but we have the human resources and expertise to be integral components of this crusade,” he said

Louis Moses Mendy, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) said: “Life without check and balances is not a life. We want to see EFANet to continue its request and advocacy that every child to education is respected, protected and fulfilled in The Gambia.

Mendy added that as a ministry, they will continue to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two institutions built over the years.

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