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Gambia:YHRI to increase human rights education in Gambia.

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YHRI to increase human rights education in Gambia.

Youth for Human Rights Intern ational is set to increase its human rights education initiatives in the Gambia as part of efforts to accelerate broader understanding among young people especially on issues related to good citizenship, respect for the rule of law and participatory democracy.
It would be recalled that the organization had partnered with a London-based “3DGam” association which is also registered in The Gambia as a charity, to rollout human rights education in 81 selected schools across The Gambia.
The 30 articles of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” have been translated into local Gambian languages for ease of understanding.
The launch of the human rights education for schools in July 2018 was attended by cabinet ministers and senior government officials, who praised the Youth for Human Rights International, the International Association of Scientologists and its partners the 3DGam for an important initiative.

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Information and Communication Minister Mr Ebrima Sillah while thanking the Youth for Human Rights International, assured that the human rights education for schools was an important first step that could possibly be introduced in The Gambian school curriculum.
The International Association of Scientologists also sponsors a drug education initiative bringing the Truth About Drugs to youth across the world. An initial discussion which was graced by Minister Sillah in his recent visit to London discussed the need to target both drug addicts and young people in general to enlighten and sensitise them in curbing the menace of drug abuse in The Gambia. “A drug free Gambia, a more productive Gambia”, said the Minister.

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The Truth About Drugs education program includes resource materials in the form of DVDs and booklets and would be beneficial to both youth and adults in raising high level awareness on the truth about different types and categories drugs and their negative impact not only the users/addicts but for the society in general. Drug abuse related issues would be highlighted by these materials and generate greater understanding of the truth about harmful drugs.
Amadou Marong of 3DGam & 3DGamGlobal thanks the International Association of Scientologists for their support in making the human rights materials available in The Gambia Schools and is currently discussing the potential of making the drug educational materials also available to Gambian youth and related bodies.

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