The Gambian First
Lady Madam Zainab Suma Jammeh said
fundamental area of concern for most developing countries is to ensure that persons with disabilities are
integrated fully into all spheres of social and economic activities in their
In a statement read on
her behalf at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child held at
The Gambia College in Brikama, Minister
Fatou Mass Jobe Njie, she said this would
not only help to eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons
with disabilities, but enable us to
accelerate development process.
“The theme for this year’s commemoration which was ‘The Right of Children with Disability: The
Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill,” indeed befitting, she said.
According to her, the theme emphasised the rights of
children with disability to the same opportunities and care as other children.
The right to non-discrimination is one of the four
overarching principles of the convention on the rights of the child, Zeinab
“As we reflect on the importance of the day and the reason
for gathering here , as well as the fact that children are the best future for
any society, there is the need for us to take onboard the needs and aspirations
of the disabled children in realising their educational objectives. Early childhood
education prepares children for school and ensures that young children have
opportunities based on constructive interactions. Schools can be powerful
social equalizers providing a stimulating environment where children develop
language skills and advance their cognitive, emotional and physical
capabilities,” she concluded.
Other speakers included UNICEF Rep in The Gambia Mrs. Aichatou Diawara Flambert, Governor Lamin Sanneh of West Coast Region and Deputy
Permanent Secretary Makie Tall, Technical at the Ministry of Health and