By Alhagie Babou Jallow
The Regional Education Directorate 5 recently started a weeklong community sensitisation in eight communities on Early Childhood Development (ECD) enrolment in schools.
The program is being funded by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund UNICEF. The activity was held at the targeted communities with low ECD school enrolment and the affected communities are Tankong Kunda, Demba Kally, Barajally, Kataba Omar Ndow, Sukuta, Sareh Chewto, Missira Touba and Jafai Kuta villages.
Speaking at the various places on behalf of the regional director, the principal education officer (PEO) for region 5 Lamin M Juwara, said the sensitization is aimed at enlightening the communities on the significance of education particularly ECD enrolment in schools.
He urged the communities to enroll their children, adding that the advancement of the lower basic schools depends on the ECD enrolment.
“The development of children relies on your guidance, counseling and motivating them on education and other relevant matters to build their future,” he added.
The Senior Education Officers (SEO) Nfally Fofana and Ebrima Jatta both spoke on the significance of the sensitisation.
Adama Makalo said the government has provided all necessary things to ensure that children are educated. She noted that it is the responsibility of parents to enroll their children in schools.
Alhagie Camara, a participant, said the distance between the school and some satellite villages is far, thus urging stakeholders to help the children with mobility.