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EFANet Team Website Training 2014

EFANet has launched the website in December 2013 and today 3 March 2014, staff are being trained on how to maintain the website.
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EFANet Baseline Survey 2014

EFANet will conduct a Baseline survey in January 2014. The purpose of this survey is to get a better understanding of the impact of EFANet’s efforts to achieve access to quality education for all in The Gambia. During the survey, respondents will answers questionnaires to express their opinions on our activities. The results of the survey will establish the baseline for assessing the impact of our programs and intervention. In 1 year from now, we will conduct the survey again, which will enable us to determine the impact of our work. The survey cover a broad range of stakeholders including staff, EFANet board members, EFANet regional chapters, and partner organisations as well donors members (organisations) and the general public.
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SIG

No School Levies

From 9 to 20 December 2013 EFANet is conducting radio shows in all regions to inform the public about the School Improvement Grant (SIG). EFANet, together with MoBSE, is currently conducting a nation-wide sensitisation campaign to inform all key stakeholders and the general public about the SIG policy and implementation process. The SIG for grant-aided and public Lower Basic Schools has been introduced by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) in September 2013. It has been developed to reduce the burden of school costs on parents by abolishing all levies in in Grant-aided and public Lower Basic Schools are no longer allowed to ask children to pay school levies. EFANet believes that this will have a big impact in the accessibility and affordability of basic education in The Gambia and is therefore keen to inform the public. In 2014 the SIG will be introduced for Upper Basic Schools and in 2015 all school levies for Senior Secondary schools will be abolished due to the completion of the SIG.
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World Disability Day

World Disability Day

The estimated 1 billion people around the world who live with a disability face a multitude of barriers to participating equally in society. In particular, their right to education is often not realised, which in turn hinders their access to other rights and creates enormous obstacles to reaching their potential and effectively participating in their communities.
It is therefore that today at the 3rd of December 2013 at World Disability Day, the Global Campaign for Education together with Handicap International have launched their report 'Equal Right, Equal opportunity. Inclusive education for children with a disability.'
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Improving access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Improving access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

The young men and women, between the ages of 15–30 years, make up about 47% of the population in The Gambia. The youth are identified as the poorest of the poor and this is due to several factors and underlying causes. One of these factors is the high unemployment rate among the youth, estimated at over 40%. Taking into consideration the high percentage of youth and the problems faced, EFANet has decided to develop an advocacy strategy that will focus on youth and TVET. The aim is to research and advocate on attitudes towards TVET and to challenge negative attitudes by demonstrating its economic value.
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Day of the Girl Child

Day of the Girl Child

On the 11th of October EFANet joined the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child to recognise girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year's Day focussed on "Innovating for Girls' Education". Although enrolment among girls in The Gambia is high, retention remains a major challenge, and gender disparities persist in performance, retention and completion. Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes. The transformative potential for girls and societies promised through girls' education is yet to be realised.
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Promoting rights in schools project

Promoting rights in schools project

Promoting Rights in Schools initiative (PRS) is a collaborative approach between Action Aid The Gambia and the consortium consisting of Forum For African Women Educationalist (FAWE-GAM), Education For All Network (EFANet), Gambia Teachers Union (GTU), Child Protection Alliance (CPA) and Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NSGA). This year the consortium focused on 3 rights, namely the right to free and compulsory education, the right to quality trained teachers and the right to transparent and accountable schools. In July 2013 the project team visited 3 schools in the Greater Banjul Area to conduct research on these three rights. Focus group discussions were held with teachers, parents and students to gather information, facts and figures related to these rights. The findings will be shared with the key stakeholders to advocate on improving access to education.
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