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Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2008

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The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, Barry Wells has disclosed that the Ambassador Girls Scholarship Programme (AGSP) will provide more that 550, 000 scholarships for girls for the next four year period.

Ambassador Wells recently made these remarks at the AGSP/FAWEGAM lesson learning conference which was held at the Paradise Suite Hotel in Banjul, The Gambia. He also emphasised the importance of bringing together both men and women for a greater national development in The Gambia.

For a bird to fly it needs two wings. In the same way, for a country to develop, it needs all its children; men and women. Therefore, if the development of a country should take off, then the analogy of the bird flying truly applies, he told the participants.He added that his analogy seeks to introduce the goal of AEI/AGSP, which is geared towards correcting gender inequity in education in Africa for sustainable development.
The
US ambassador said girls represented 60 per cent of the 40 million children in Africa who had no access to education when AEI was passed in 2002.

He further saluted the entire government and other partners for being supportive to AGSPs efforts and activities, which is implemented through FAWEGAM. He said the programme has provided at least 300,000 scholarships in Africa and about a 100,000 in West Africa.For her part, Yadi Njie Eribo, the coordinator of Forum of African Women in Education, The Gambia (FAWEGAM), underscored the numerous benefits the AGSP has brought towards girls and women empowerment, especially in the areas of education and health. Ms Njie-Eribo added the AGSP has sponsored over 800 girls in the Western Region.

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