The Gambia National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM), in collaboration with the Department of State for Water Resources, from 25 to 27 April, held a three-day workshop for teachers, students, communities and water supply agents from the urban and rural areas on water resource management.
The theme of the workshop held at the YMCA hall in Kanifing, was Training Trainers on Best Water Handling.
The objectives of the workshop funded by the Moroccan based Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), included the promotion of water supply in communities, initiating behavioral change at community level and fostering decision making for better water consumption and consideration.
The workshop also covered a combination of presentations, group discussions and field trips.
In his closing remarks to end the workshop, Mr Kuto Cham, Permanent Secretary, Department of State for Fisheries and Water Resources, emphasised the importance of access to safe drinking water which he identifies as an important component of accelerating growth.
Speaking earlier, Mrs Sukai Bojang, Secretary General of NATCOM, spoke also on the importance of access to safe drinking water supply and sanitation.
She said the ISESCO sponsored programme was relevant, noting that it had helped them to register achievements that are relevant to the community.
For his part, Dr Dayer, who represented ISESCO, said the organisation, under its current action plan 2007, has focused on the significance of socio-economic development in relation to water supply, its quality, management and sustainable development in member states.