The agreement with Action Aid, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), Education for all Campaign Network (Efanet) and Forum for African Women Educationists (Fawegam) seeks to, among other things, enhance the knowledge, vocational skills and access to technology for sustainable socio-economic development. It also seeks to ensure that all stakeholders from the public and private sectors and civil society organisations will be mobilised to provide a network of support structures that can facilitate the effectiveness and efficient national responses for post-2015 period.
Momodou Katim Touray, deputy permanent secretary, Ministry of Education said the primary objectives of the MOUs was to “foster partnerships and build synergy that will be mutually beneficial to all parties. It is also meant to align strategic goals and activities to avoid duplication of resources during interventions.
“The MoUs are based on modalities for the implementation of education programmes particularly on TVET, policy implementation and advocacy. They provide a framework that strengthens and guides their cooperation and collaboration as well as clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Ministry of Higher Education and the development partners in the implementation of the MoUs.”
Deputising the VSO country director, Samba Jallow said: “This MoU being signed today represents an opportunity to consolidate on our gains and to expand the frontiers of our development interventions from the progress, peace and prosperity of The Gambia. I wish to assure the ministry that this MOU will not gather dust in our country office and that VSO-Gambia looks forward to working with all relevant stakeholders to operationalise the VSO. It is our strong belief at VSO-The Gambia that this MoU would revitalise and enhance the efficiency of our partnership on tertiary and higher education especially within the TVET landscape.”
Jallow added that over the past few decades, his organisation has dedicated itself to bringing thousands of international volunteers to support the government and the people of The Gambia within the thematic areas of health, livelihoods, education, disability, youth participation and engagement.
Other speakers included permanent secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Dr Cherno Barry and Yadicone Njie of Fawegam.]]>