The education For All Campaign Network-The Gambia (EFANet) came into existence in the year 2002, after adaption of the Dakar framework of Action 2000 Education For All. Since then EFANet has being working and advocating for ensuring that the rights of Gambian children to inclusive, equitable and quality education for all irrespective of ability, ethnics, or religion and the attainment of SDG4 goals by 2030.

Education as a fundamental human right and is well articulated in the 1997 constitution of The Gambia that education “shall be free and compulsory”, this therefore require collective responsibility of both government and Civil Society Organization (CSO) to meet such right. EFANet as coalition does not relent in their advocacy efforts in making this right a reality by holding government accountable as duty bearer. In order to effectively participate in education policy dialogue, monitoring and implementation of inclusive, equitable and quality education advocacy the capacity of the Board and Secretariat is strengthen to be a competent and well informed coalition to carry the activities.

EFANet received a Regional CSEF Support Mission of its International partner organizations ANCEFA, GCE and OXFAM-IBIS that conducted capacity training for the Secretariat and members of the Board, held on the 10th and 11th January 2020. The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of the Coalition in various thematic areas, in order to effectively and efficiently advocate for Free, Quality, Relevant and Inclusive Education For All in The Gambia. The training was based on the following areas: Planning and Budgeting ProcessesGovernance and management, Global Education Movement and strategies and legitimacy of the Coalition and its members. The Main objectives of the training is to appreciate good corporate governance and management of the coalition, to raise awareness on the roles, responsibilities and separation of powers between the Board and the Secretariat and strengthen their relationship, and Networking with potential partnership building.

Finally, the Regional CSEF Mission to The Gambia was applauded for a successful capacity building training support for EFANet – The Gambia Board and Secretariat Staff. We are deeply indebted to the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Africa Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA) and the Regional Finance Management Agency (RFMA) OXFAM-IBIS- Ghana. We appreciate the effort of GCE and accepted their apology for not being able to make to The Gambia this time.

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The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.