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Gambia: NCCE Sensitises Students On Civic Rights

FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)
26 June 2013
By Mustapha Jallow

The National Council for Civic Education (NCCE), in collaboration with ActionAid the Gambia (AATG) and UNDP, recently concluded a sensitization training workshop for upper basic school students on Thursday,20th June,2013 at the Pakalinding Upper Basic School in the Lower River Region (LRR) of the Gambia. In his welcoming remark, the Principal of Pakalinding Upper Basic School, Mr. Barrow Bojang, thanked the NCCE, UNDP and ActionAid for the laudable initiative to sensitise the students on their civic rights and corresponding duties to the nation.

He advised the students to be attentive and to ask questions of concern regarding their civic rights and responsibilities. Mr. Kebba O. Jobe, Civic Education Officer at NCCE, spoke at length on the statutory establishment, role and mandate of his organization, and emphasing its independent and non-partisan nature.

Mr. Jobe elaborated on the importance of the NCCE in the country, adding that it was established to maintain civic rights and corresponding duties of the citizenry as enshrined and mandated in the national constitution of the country. He explained the different types of obtaining nationality, citizenship and the principles of fundamental human rights. He advised the students to be law abiding and to respect the Constitution of the republic.

Mrs. Haddijatou Jallow, ActionAid Programme Officer, for her part, elaborated on the provisions of Section 30 of the Constitution of the Gambia which states that every child has the right to education as a fundamental human right and citing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. She also advised the students on how to preserve their rights and avoid violence and abuse against them.

The head boy of Pakalinding Upper Basic School, Muhtarr S.K. Manjang, also shared his impression on the importance of the training to the students as future leaders of this country. He acknowledged that they have learned a lot during the presentations regarding issues ranging from child rights and protection, civic duties and how to protect themselves against exploitation and abuse.

Gambia: NCCE Engages Security Officers On Key Constitutional Provisions

The Daily Observer (Banjul)
10 December 2014
By Fatoumatta K Saidykhan

The National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) as mandated by the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia are currently embarking on a countrywide sensitization programme for security officers specifically the police on some key relevant issues pertaining to the constitutional provisions as well as human rights issues.

The event that was held at the Kairaba Police Station in Fajara brought together Police and Immigration officers.

Yusupha Bojang, the programme officer NCCE, informed the gathering that they were established in 1998 by an Act of Parliament, primarily to educate citizens and other stakeholders on provisions of the constitution of The Gambia and other conventions that were ratified by The Gambia.

He informed that they are embarking on a nationwide sensitization of police officers on the provisions stated by the constitution since the police are crucial members of the society.

Presenting on Civil Rights, Bojang said, human rights are rights that are fundamental and cannot be taken away from the individual by the state because they are natural entitlements. He added that rights also have limitations and responsibilities that are needed, to be observed by any person.

Freedom of liberty is also a Civil Right that guarantees every person to live where he or she wants to live without any deprivation. Freedom of movement is also guaranteed by the constitution.

Bojang reminded the police that right to property is also part of the Civil Right and as such no person, according to the constitution, should lose his property to the state without compensation.

Ansumana Yabo, a senior civic officer at NCCE, in his deliberation, reminded the police on certain subject matters in relation to human rights, which is crucial.

For his part, Emmanuel Gomez of NCCE reminded the security officers on matters relating to the way citizenship is acquired in the Gambia as stated by the 1997 constitution. He said there are four ways for one to acquire citizenship in The Gambia such as by birth, descent, marriage and naturalization.

According to him, citizenship by birth and descent cannot be revoked that makes them different with, by marriage or naturalization if the person is found wanting.

Reacting to the deliberations made by civic officials, Inspector Bubacarr Singhateh of the Kairaba station showed appreciation to what he called a ‘reminder.’ “We will observe them to make sure we don’t encroach on people’s rights unnecessarily,” said Inspector Singhateh.