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Newly elected members of the National Youth Executive Committee of the YTP

The Gambia Teachers’ Union Young Teachers Platform on Thursday, August 5, 2021 conducted its maiden General Assembly Meeting at the Paradise Suites Hotel under the theme “Enhancing Youth Participation in Leadership and Good Governance”. The meeting was meant to ratify the by-laws of the platform, endorse the activity report of the Interim committee, validate the draft GTU Youth Policy as well elect a new executive committee.

Marie Antoinette Corr-GS Gambia Teachers’ Union

Speaking at the meeting, the General Secretary of GTU-Marie Antoinette Corr said the YTP was established to champion the interest of young teachers, adding that young people are the current and future of the union. She further told delegates that “Your presence here today is a powerful reflection of our collective desire to a see a positive change, through an effective and progressive response to our collective action to advance the involvement of young teachers in union leadership”.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Louis Moses Mendy said for any nation that wants to develop, it must shape her future through a better education system. PS Mendy challenged delegates to remain focus and resolute as it is the only way to move the GTU to higher heights.

Louis Moses Mendy-PS MoBSE

“Your representation must not be measured and mirrored on you. It must be measured and mirrored on those that you represent”. He added “Your virtue of representation should be seen on the welfare of the people that you represent that are not here, that’s leadership”, he told delegates.

He said the creation of the Young Teachers Platform is an exemplifier of good governance executed by the parent body-GTU. He again challenged the leadership of the YTP to be focused, have ides, make resolutions and have consistency to achieve a young and vibrant YTP.

Speaking earlier, the President of the GTU, Ismaila S. Ceesay, said he GTU has undergone radical reforms for the past 84 years. As such, he said the need for greater participation, increased sense of ownership and more importantly, action is eminent and the advent of the YTP will not only help to consolidate the efforts, but sustain the gains.

“The emergence of the YTP is apt, taking into consideration that more than 65% of the teaching population of the country is under the youth bracket,” the president remarked.

Alhagie B. Sama-Chairman GTUYTP

Presenting the Activity Report of the Interim Committee of the YTP (2019-2021), the Chairman of the Interim Committee, Alhagie B. Sama, highlighted numerous activities his committee embark on to lay a solid foundation for the YTP. He said during the period, the committee conducted radio talkshows to popularize the YTP, held talks with partner associations, embarked on tours, drafted a GTU Youth policy among others. Chairman Sama also highlighted concerns raised by teachers during engagements with them. He finally called on young teachers to embrace the YTP.

The Gambia Teachers’ Union Young Teachers Platform is an organ of the GTU. Established in 2019 through a resolution of the National Delegates Congress, the YTP serves as the organ of the GTU that will provide a collective voice and represent the youth cohort of the GTU membership in all matters that concern them.


Participants at the Professional Development Training Workshop

The Gambia Teachers’ Union through support of the Canadian Teacher Federation-CTF organized a three-day training for young head teachers in the Central River Region. The training dubbed Summer Professional Development Workshop for Young Head Teachers, attracted forty participants from CRR-South and CRR-North.

Marie Antoinette Corr-General Secretary, Gambia Teachers’ Union

According to the General Secretary of GTU Marie Antoinette Corr, the support to organize the training came from the union’s partners in Canada, the Canadian Teacher Federation. She thanked the federation for the numerous support it has been rendering to the union. Madam Corr stated that the union is passionate about the provision of platforms for the continuous professional development of teachers. As such, she said the union would continue to lobby for funds to capacitate teachers.

The President of the Union, Ismaila Ceesay encouraged participants to take the training seriously. He enjoined them to network, share ideas and ask the relevant questions. Prexy Ceesay stated that the union is very much concern about the need to provide trainings for teachers, thus it has always prioritized the organizing of such platforms to help boost the leadership skills of teachers.

Ismaila S. Ceesay, President-Gambia Teachers’ Union

During the three days training, participants were exposed to various thematic areas such as: Roles of School Managers, Ethics and Professionalism, Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Educational Settings, Team Development and Leadership.

Organizers are hopeful that the training will usher in an effective and efficient management of schools.

The training was held from the 12th-15th July, 2021 at the Regional Education Directorate-5.