Bridging Gaps Advisory Holds First Annual Education and Career Expo
The first edition of the Education and Career Expo organized by Bridging Gaps Advisory (BGA) in partnership with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) endorsed by Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education was held from June 22nd to 23rd 2018 at QCity, in The Gambia.
The Expo kick-started with a highly attended opening ceremony that was graced by more than 500 participants comprising of senior government officials, representatives from the US Embassy, heads of Institutions, members from the private and civil societies, students and the media.
The opening event also featured a forum on the theme ‘Perspectives of Women in Education’, where six speakers from various backgrounds (Agriculture, TVET, Science, Early Childhood, Secondary School and University) shared valuable contributions and experiences and triggered interactive discussions from the audience. The public discussions encouraged the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) to suggest the hosting of another forum in partnership with BGA for broader discussions on the issues of education that will include students, teachers, and concerned stakeholders.
The Expo featured 40 participating institutions ranging from educational institutions (both local and International Institutions), government departments, public institutions, consulting firms, embassies (British High Commission and US embassy) and private businesses. The Expo attracted more than 1000 visitors and it provided a one-stop platform connecting job-seekers and students with employers and educational institutions.
As the first Education and Career event of its kind in the Gambia, participants applauded the event organizers and rated it as “huge success”. The Expo attained its major objective of creating a platform where students could access relevant information to help in their career decisions and their search for the right educational institutions to help them attain their goals. It also helped in linking students to the job market based on their chosen careers.
Due to the success of last year’s event, the second edition of an Education & Career Expo is scheduled to take place around the middle of 2019 on a similar theme, hoping to make it even bigger and better. It is envisaged that the expo will become an annual event for students, job-seekers, institutions, and policymakers.