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‘President recognises health as central driver of economic growth’

The minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Omar Sey, has underscored the importance President Jammeh attaches to health saying: “President Yayha Jammeh recognised health as a central long term driver of economic growth. People have to be healthy to be able to participate in the development process. As a result of this firm commitment by the president and the government of The Gambia and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare have, over the years, made significant progress in the fight against TB in The Gambia.” Dr Omar Sey made the comments at an event marking World TB Day on Monday in Banjul.....

Girl Guides chief notes challenges in achieving ‘MDG 2’

By Sainey Marenah Mrs Yamudundow Jagne-Jobe, the chief commissioner of The Gambia Girl Guides Association has revealed that challenges still exist even though “we are working intensively through advocacy and policy promotion in collaboration with partners to enrol and retain girls and young women in schools.” Mrs Jagne-Jobe said this in celebrating this year's World Thinking Day celebrated in The Gambia last Saturday. The Gambia Girl Guides Association over the weekend joined the rest of the world to observe this day at its headquartersin Kanifing. The World Association of Girl Guides chose 'Achieving Universal Primary Education for Boys and Girls” as the theme for the celebration. The local theme however, is 'Education Opens Doors for Girls and Young Women'. It is a day of reflection and celebration of the birthday of Lord Baden–Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides movement and his wife, Olave, who served as world chief Guide. “This goal is a key issue affecting girls and young women around the world,” said The Gambia's chief guide, in delivering her statement at the event. “The UN MDG 2013 progress report noted that the slow progress in achieving MDG2 are linked to household poverty which is the single most important factor keeping children out of school. Children and adolescents from the poorest households are at least three times likely to be out of school as urban children,” Mrs Jagne-Jobe noted. “This challenges The Gambia Girl Guides Association to redouble our efforts in working with the Ministry of Education to accelerate progress in this area and work towards more meaningful outcomes in the light of the government's development agenda,” she said. She recalled that the Government of The Gambia has put in place several projects and efforts to make sure MDG 2 is achieved in The Gambia, while commending the president for creating a conducive environment for the advancement in education, especially of girls and young women. According to the chief guides commissioner, her association has responded to this call for development not only through their global action theme, but also in pursuit of Vision 2020, and the programme for accelerated growth and empowerment (Page) as a national development strategy for the attainment of MDGs. She announced that her association's programme areas have been developed to include priority areas of the government within their resource capabilities, 'while it purses institutional capacity development. “A Girl Guides Association strategic plan draws its inspiration from the urgency of the development intervention with a story focus on the girls and young women for social inclusion and advancement,” she noted. The association has also established a skills training centre at its Kanifing headquarters and Soma which annually caters for over 200 young girls, most of whom are early school leavers who couldn't continue with their education due to socio-cultural problems such as poverty, early marriage, and teenage pregnancy.

WAEC slaps Gambian linguistic and cultural heritage via literature

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), formally established in 1952, is an independent body charged with the responsibility of administering a standardised test (called West African Senior School Examination - WASSCE) in West (Anglophone) Africa i.e. Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Candidates of WASSCE are offered about 40 subjects, wherein individual candidate is expected to seat for not more than 9 subjects for either May/June type or November/December type. Among these subjects are English, Mathematics, Literature-in-English, History, Arabic and the three major Nigerian languages – Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo, et cetera......

Girl Guides chief notes challenges in achieving ‘MDG 2’

Mrs Yamudundow Jagne-Jobe, the chief commissioner of The Gambia Girl Guides Association has revealed that challenges still exist even though “we are working intensively through advocacy and policy promotion in collaboration with partners to enrol and retain girls and young women in schools.”...

New company poised to bridge knowledge in Gambian reinsurance market

Continental Reinsurance Corporation, one of the largest private reinsurance companies in Africa yesterday kicked-off a two-day training on non-life reinsurance. This training is specifically designed to increase and improve the knowledge and skills gap in non-life reinsurance in The Gambia insurance industry. According to organisers, it is part of efforts to develop the financial systems in Ecowas. The Nigeria-based pan-African company has partnered with the Insurance Association of The Gambia (IAG) to deliver the package to the local reinsurance industry. Pa Alieu Sillah, commissioner of nsurance at the Central Bank of The Gambia, said the training demonstrates the strong ties between Nigeria and The Gambia. He said the participants will gain technical knowledge and skills to enable their meaningful contribution to the growth and development of the various insurance companies in particular, and the economy as a whole....

Three Gambian youth to attend US-sponsored leadership programme

Press release On Friday, March 21, three Gambian youth leaders – Isatou Jallow, Mariama Jallow, and Momodou Jallow - departed for the United States as part of the US State Department's Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). The PAYLP offers secondary school youth and adult educators from up to 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to explore the themes of civic education, youth leadership development, community engagement, and respect for diversity through a three-week, intensive exchange in the United States. Special emphasis will be placed on opportunities for economic empowerment and skills based development....

UTG hold online conference

Students of the University of the Gambia last Tuesday held an online conference with students of Miami University at the UTG digital campus in Brikama. The purpose of the conference was to share ideas, culture, and views of each of the universities in an interactive and educative way so as to bring to the fore, as today's world demands for information and communication without boundaries....

MARABOUT HELD OVER DEATH OF INSANE PATIENT

Alhaji Karamo Njie, a renowned psychiatrist marabout and native of Jappineh village in Jarra Central, is helping police in their investigations for alleged murder of a man in his early thirties believed to be 'insane', The Standard newspaper is privy to. Speaking to The Standard newspaper yesterday, the police spokesman, ASP David Kujabi confirmed the veracity of the report. He explained: “On Saturday March 15, 2014, the body of the deceased was brought to the country's main referral hospital in Banjul for a post-mortem. We are now waiting for the autopsy report to determine the actual cause of death”......

Foroyaa’s Mass Kah opens defence in his sedition trial

Mass Kah an employee of the Foroyaa newspaper, yesterday opened his defence at the Kanifing courts before Magistrate Isatou Janneh after a no-case submission filed by his lawyer Lamin Camara was overruled...

Please come and invest in Gambia Minister tells global ICT leaders

The Gambia's minister for Works was in his element as he moved to woo global leaders in information and communications technology to invest in the country's telecoms industry. Minister Balla Garba Jahumpa, who is overseeing the Ministry Of Information and Communications Infrastructure, has assured that The Gambia is open for business. He introduced the ongoing regional ICT summit to transformative developments in that sector, in terms of laws and policies and infrastructure. ...

IMF opens second West Africa Center to build capacity in region

With the aim of scaling up its support for capacity development in West Africa, the IMF has opened a new regional technical assistance center in Accra, Ghana, the fifth such center in Africa and the ninth worldwide. Offering capacity building services to six countries across western Africa, AFRITAC West II complements the region's existing center in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, established in 2003 to serve francophone West Africa. With the center's opening, the IMF fulfills its commitment to extend the AFRITAC network to serve all sub-Saharan African countries—a commitment made in 2002 with the IMF Capacity Building Initiative for Africa. The initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of African governments and institutions to design and implement sound macroeconomic policies consistent with their poverty-reducing strategies.....

Mali’s former coup leader starts hunger strike over detention

The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago and allowed Islamists to seize its desert north has started a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his detention, legal and military sources said on Thursday. General Amadou Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping last November with regard to the disappearance during the 2012 coup of dozens of paratroopers loyal to toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure......

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