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Published On: Wed, Sep 27th, 2023

Gambia National Qualifications Framework launched

Professor Pierre Gomez, the Honourable minister of Research Science and Technology on Tuesday launched the Gambia National Qualification Framework (GNQF). A historic occasion and a significant milestone in the nation’s pursuit of excellence in education, training and workforce development.

The grand launching organized by the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) was held at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre in Bijilo which brought together heads of government departments.

The objectives of the launching recognises and values diverse forms of learning, including formal, non-formal, and informal learning, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, can gain recognition for their skills and knowledge. The GNQF enhances the employability of graduates, ensuring that they possess the skills and competencies that employers require.

In his launching remarks, Prof Gomez said that education has always been a cornerstone of national progress and the foundation upon which individuals build their futures, the means through which they unleash their potential and the vehicle through which societies advance.

“Through education, we prepare our citizens to be productive members of society, instil values of responsibility and citizenship, and drive economic growth and innovation.

However, for education to serve as a true catalyst for progress, it must be relevant, responsive, and inclusive. It must align with our society’s evolving needs and the global economy’s demands. This is where the GNQF comes into play,” he said.

He advanced that the GNQF represents a revolutionary approach to education and training. Pointing out that it is a comprehensive system that classifies and recognises qualifications across various levels and sectors, making it easier for individuals to understand and navigate their educational and career pathways.

“It is about transparency, compatibility, and international recognition. With the GNQF, we have the opportunity to address several critical aspects of our education and workforce development,” he noted.

Minister Gomez revealed that the GNQF provides clear and transparent information about qualifications, making it easier for students, parents, employers, and educators to understand and assess the value of various qualifications.

He urged NAQAA to ensure that all existing and future qualifications are aligned with the GNQF. Adding that a clear roadmap for implementing this framework should be developed immediately, and a monitoring mechanism should be implemented to ensure that Education and Training institutions meet the learners’ and Labour Market’s expectations. He further urge all stakeholders to embrace this framework and its principles.

For his part, Alhaji Momodu Jallow, the chairman of the NAQAA governing council said that the GNQF will ensure that the educational institutions provide relevant, up-to-date, and internationally recognized qualifications. Adding that this will raise the bar for the students and help them to compete on a global scale.

“The GNQF will promote lifelong learning. It will create a seamless and flexible education system that allows individuals to acquire qualifications at their own pace, whether they are in school, in the workforce, or seeking to upgrade their skills,” Jallow said.

Dr. Jibril Jaw, the Chief Executive Officer at the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) has reiterated that the development of the National Qualifications Framework (GNQF) aligns with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He revealed that it puts The Gambia on the right track towards the fulfilment of the UNESCO’s Education 2030 goals, a framework for action that reinforces implementation of sustainable development goal

Dr Jaw made these remarks in a power point presentation on Tuesday at the official launching of the Gambia National Qualification Framework (GNQF), organized by the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) which was held at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre in Bijilo which brought together heads of government departments.

Dr Jawa presented that the GNQF ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

He noted that the 10-level Gambia National Qualifications Framework will play a key role in the Government’s quest to bring all skills development in the formal, non-formal and informal sectors, as well as the basic, second and post-secondary level of education, into a unified national qualifications framework.

He stated that the objectives is aimed at establishing a competency-based society and a lifelong learning system.

The objectives include to Enhancing Qualification Value (credibility); facilitating access to, and mobility and progression within, education, training and career paths.

It also include to Reducing the burden of overlap education and duplicate learning, ensuring coherence and transparency within the existing fragmented system of Certification and improving the clarity of individual qualifications through learning outcomes.

Dr. Jaw advanced that it ensures to eliminate the unnecessary existing training standards that are used by training Institutions and not link to any job competency.

According to Dr. Jaw, the GNQF enhances and to coordinate the quality of education and training by setting national minimum; competency standards across levels of qualifications.

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