'to build and nurture critical minds set for the rapidly evolving world of journalism and communication'
'to strengthen democracy in the Gambia through quality journalism and effective communication'
Known for high quality outcomes and champion of journalism and communication training.
It is with profound gratitude, pride and humility that I welcome you to the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication-MAJaC. I am honored and blessed to be given the opportunity and responsibility of leading and managing an institution that placed the learners at the heart of what we do. Managing MAJaC is exciting, yet challenging because we churn out graduates expected to strengthen democracy by informing, educating, helping people make informed choices and often times entertain. In 2018, MAJaC was awarded the Human Rights Champion by the Gambia Press Union in their annual journalism excellence award. MAJaC had an exciting past which saw the school underwent a remarkable transformation in terms of teaching and learning, enrolment, facilities and curricula. Our journalism programme which is aligned to the UNESCO standards for journalism in Africa and accredited by the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority-NAQAA has produced award-winning journalists, editors and journalism tutors. Our teaching approach is learner-centered hinged on media ethics, analysis, critical thinking and research. Due to the hands-on training approach, the academy is lauded as “a revolution” in journalism education in The Gambia. This has also positioned MAJaC as a model for teaching journalism in the country. We have since developed, reviewed, tried and tested our communication programme and are now rolling it out. The curriculum is designed to prepare trainees with the requisite knowledge and skills to serve as communication officers, communication assistants, journalists and or public relations officers.Recently, we introduced the Film and Photography programme is to cater for the ever-growing demands of the creative industry. This programme supported by International Trade Center through the Youth Empowerment Project is intended to prepare trainees with the required knowledge, skills and the right attitude to serve as photographers, filming assistants and or content producers.With the world going digital, we intend to in the future introduce Digital Media Production, Data and Investigative Journalism, Media Management and Digital Media to Counter Disinformation and Hate Speech.The right professional training is the legacy that parents, guardians, sponsors and donors can leave trainees coming to MAJaC because we understand the dynamism in media, communication and in the creative industry. And with the world becoming a global village, we prepare our trainees for the demands ahead and accord them the knowledge, skills and right attitude to excel anywhere in the world. We strive to produce leaders who will be at the forefront of ensuring equality, transparency, democracy, economic prosperity and social justice. The demands of living and working in a global economic community necessitates adaptable, flexible, analytical and above all creative young people with the right skill set, knowledge and character to meet the many challenges that lie ahead.So, the place to horn your skills in the area of communication, film and photography and Journalism is MAJaC.I look forward to welcoming you to our community.Sang Mendy Managing Director
This level is intended to prepare trainees with the required knowledge and skills to serve as photography and filming technicians. It covers a minimum requirement of acquiring basic knowledge on the history and art of photography; maintaining camera equipment; operate still and moving Cameras; utilization of natural and artificial lightning in camera works; recording, monitoring and controlling sound in filming; and performance of basic editing of footages/photographs. This programme introduces learners to the opportunities available as well as guide them through a career path.
This level introduces learners to advanced media production. The course provides learners with an in-depth knowledge on content production. In this course learners will design, produce and present their own documentaries and programmes as well as produce and present or publish their own news bulletins. At this level, learners work on group and individaul projects with little supervision from trainers. The course also helps the learners to understand psychology, international relations and international human rights laws. Students who completed this level can work as sub-editors/editors and producers or communication officers in any medium or organisation. However, learners who choose to continue to their studies can proceed to the School of Journalism and Digital Media at the University of The Gambia.
This level is designed to prepare the trainees with the requisite knowledge and skills to serve as communication officers, communication assistants, journalists and or public relations officers. The programme covers the minimum requirements of acquiring basic knowledge on the various communication theories. They will also acquire basic knowledge on all communication related laws and will go through various ethical standards and values as they relate to communication. The programme is designed in a way that trainees will also acquire knowledge and skills in journalistic production, graphic design, web design and photography. Capping it all, the trainees will undergo rigorous professional English course hence English serves as the working tool in the communication world.
This level is designed to help learners understanding the dynamics of media and to be able to produce content, analyse and think critically. In this level, the learners take charge of their own learning while producing media content on complex issues with little guidance from the trainers. The courses will also help students acquire skills in print, broadcast and multimedia production. The courses delivered in this level are accompanied with critical thinking, analysis, media ethics and understanding media related laws. Students who completed this level can work as reporters and or communication assistant in any medium or organisation. MAJaC students who complete the diploma programme are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Diploma programme.
This certificate level is designed to cater for fresh school leavers who have the entry requirements and are passionate about journalism. The certificate course exposes learners to actual journalism production coupled with analysis and critical thinking as well as giving peer feedback and reflections. Upon completion of this level, graduates can work as cub reporters in any medium. Students who complete this level with good grades are eligible to proceed to the Diploma programme.
This foundation level is preparatory programme for people intending to take a professional journalism course. It is designed to cater for candidates who do not meet the entry requirements for the certificate programme. The module exposes students to learning the basic concepts of journalism, principles and history. In this level the students start actual media production with guidance and supervision. Students who complete this level with good grades are eligible to proceed to the certificate programme.
Prior to my enrollment at the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication, I had limited capacity in journalism. However, I'm elated that I graduated with enhanced capacity in both journalism and communication, which has strengthened my professionalism. Having said that, given the demand for spot, and the quality of journalists and communicators MAJaC graduates, it's safe to say that it's the leading journalism training school in The Gambia. Therefore, anyone who is interested in practical journalism, shouldn't hesitate to seek admission.
I've had no formal journalism training before enrolling at MAJaC, which was then known as GPU school of journalism. I learnt news reporting, news editing, online and broadcast journalism. Since graduation, I've worked in different media outlets and settings, including consultancy.
I joined MAJaC purposely to build on my already established experience in journalism through professional training. After two years at the school in which I achieved Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Journalism and Communication, it is easy to find differences in my practice compared to before. I was exposed to areas in journalism such as television and radio production, digital media and and communication in the truest practical ways. Digital media in particular now makes me a flexible journalist as I have since shifted from print-only to online where I'm exploring the online features I learnt at MAJaC to easily quench the thirst of my audience.
February 22, 2024
MAJaC held an orientation for Civil Society Organisations members as part of the US Embassy Banjul funded project “Strengthening the Media and CSOs for improved democracy”. The training which will run for 3-months, aims to strengthen the capacity of 20 CSO members in proactive advocacy using digital media tools and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and TikTok, instead of staying rooted to the conventional means of reaching their target audiences. Sang Mendy, the Managing Director of MAJaC, emphasized the importance of CSOs using innovative approaches to promote transparency, good governance, and citizen engagement. “The CSOs are central in helping citizens to be interested in politics; how they are governed. With the right advocacy, outreach and sensitization by the CSO using various forms of media, citizens will begin to demand for their rights, insist on transparency and good governance and or hold the Government accountable for actions and inaction”, Mendy added. MAJaC is committed to building a network of empowered CSOs and media professionals with the aim of creating a lasting impact on democratic processes and promoting a culture of good governance and accountability.
February 12, 2024
The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication -MAJaC and The Gambia Media Support -GAMES today Launch ‘Unlock Potentials to Combat Irregular Migration (UPCIM)’ project. Sang Mendy, MAJaC Managing Director and UPCIM Project Manager, said the project seeks to address the root causes of irregular migration- unemployment, underemployment and hopelessness. It aims to help Gambian youth acquire media-related skills for employment and employment creation to combat irregular migration. “… MAJaC will in this project work with a group of CSOs through a coalition representing youth, migrant returnees, women, families, and more to developing adequate responses to combat irregular migration,” he said. “To do that MAJaC will build the capacity of 16 CSO staff with solid theoretical and practical communication and advocacy skills to conduct massive, proactive and innovative anti-irregular migration sensitisation.” Marianne Frederiksen, GAMES Project Manager, delved into MAJaC-GAMES partnership which now surpassed two decades. “The ambition is high, but after being partnering with MAJaC and the Gambian press Union for many years, we know that the organisations here is able to create the results,” she stated. Frederiksen is hopeful that the project would be able to make a little change in the life of some young migrants and build the capacity of MAJAC to be even more successful as a relevant training academy. Modou S. Joof, Secretary General, Gambia Press Union (GPU), said the Gambia Press Union (GPU) is pleased to be associated with this project, implemented by the Media Academy for Journalist and Communication and the Denmark-based Gambia Media Support (GAMES) to 'Unlock Potentials to Combat Irregular Migration (UPCIM)'. “This is an important project meant to address the challenges of migration that the Gambia is faced with, especially issues of irregular migration,” he said. “It is in line with the GPU’s efforts of building the capacity of media workers to effectively tackle the problems associated with irregular migration and the root causes by raising awareness on the subject.” Forty-eight (48) Gambian youths would receive an intensive nine-month training in Film & Photography, Communication and Digital Media Production & Management. This will equip them with the necessary skills to start-up their own business or grab gainful employment. For a successful implementation of this project, on top of its flagship journalism programme, the academy would develop a curriculum in Film & Photography, Communication and Digital Media Production & Management. MAJaC will host and coordinate a CSO Coalition to help raise awareness on opportunities often overlooked in The Gambia.
February 10, 2024
The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication- MAJaC graduates two batches of 38 students who have successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Journalism and Communication. The graduation is the second of its kind which was graced by high profile dignitaries, members of the press and media chiefs. Professor Prierre Gomez, the minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, while giving his statement on the “Role of Journalism in National Development”, said journalists are essential part of national development. He reiterated his ministry’s committed to supporting journalists and journalism students in the Gambia. “The best five students of this batch will be will be given full scholarships at B.A or B.Sc. levels should they get admissions into the University of the Gambia school of Journalism”. Sang Mendy, Managing Director of the MAJaC said MAJaC would continue to strengthen democracy in The Gambia through a broad-based and high-quality professional training for media, communication specialists and content producers. “Graduands as you bid us farewell, I implore you to carry forth the values instilled in you during your time at MAJaC. As you step into the world of journalism, remember that you are not merely reporters but storytellers, entrusted with the sacred duty of illuminating truth and inspiring change. Let your work be guided by integrity, empathy, and a relentless pursuit of justice. You must continue to keep our flag high”, Mendy highlighted. Abibatou Ceesay, the best graduating student, who scooped the International Relations, Human Rights Law and Psychology awards, shared some of encouragement with her fellow graduands. “As we bid MAJaC farewell and face this world full of uncertainty, the grass may not be greener on the other side. However, let us be resilient and endeavour to carry the knowledge, skills and experience, and continue to strive for excellence, embrace diversity, and make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of others.” Ya Sohna Sonko and Omar Ahmadou Touray emerged Second and Third best students respectively. Other speakers included Gibairu Janneh, the keynote speaker and the Director of Communication and IT, Muhammed S. Bah, Board Chair of MAJaC and Modou Joof, Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union. MAJaC is renowned for its hand-on training which is anchored on media ethics, analysis, critical thinking and research. The academy is lauded as a “revolution” in journalism education in the Gambia.
January 19, 2024
The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC)launched a project titled “Strengthening CSOs and Media for Improved Democracy and Good Governance". The project which is funded by the United States Embassy in The Gambia, seeks to build and empower the capacity of 20 Community radio journalists and 20 CSO members on interactive radio programming and proactive advocacy. Sang Mendy, the Managing Director of MAJaC says, the CSOs and the media lack the capacity to engage in proactive advocacy and interactive content, thereby making it difficult to reach their targets. This project he said, will bridge these gaps by equipping the Media and CSOs to effectively play their watchdog roles. Mendy urged the participants to be committed and actively take part in the trainings. “We look forward to your dedication, commitment and your desire to learn and share during the cause of the training”, he continued. Susan Solomon, Public affairs officer at the US embassy Banjul said the media is a pillar of a healthy democracy, while highlighting some of the challenges journalists in the Gambia faced during the former regime. The US Embassy she said, is committed to helping Gambian journalists through various projects, trainings and fellowships. “We are happy to launch this project. MAJaC is producing leaders, journalists, media experts who will be at the forefront in ensuring equity, democracy, transparency and economic prosperity”. Other speakers included Modou Joof, Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union, Alagie S. Cham, program officer at TANGO and Amadou O. Bah, Secretary General of Community radios in the Gambia. Media Academy for Journalism and Communication is committed to building a network of empowered CSOs and media professionals with the aim of creating a lasting impact on democratic processes and promoting a culture of good governance.
December 19, 2023
Five MAJaC products scoop the prestigious Gambia Press Union National Journalism Awards held on the 16th, December 2023. The award is meant to honor the outstanding work of journalists in the Gambia. Eight MAJaC alumni were nominated, and five emerged as winners in various categories. Famara Badjie, who won the Migration and Human trafficking reporting award, expressed gratitude to MAJaC for instilling in him the knowledge and skills in journalism, the fruits of which he is celebrating today. “BBC has an Academy that produced great journalists in England. If there is any equivalent of that in the Gambia, it's MAJaC. Students learn a lot about the trade practically even before practicing. So, seeing some of us who studied at the school winning awards, can only be a surprise to those who don't know about MAJaC”, Famara Said. Mariama Cham won the Arts, culture and entertainment award category. Cham, who completed her studies at MAJaC in 2019, currently works at EyeAfrica TV. She attributes her success to MAJaC for shaping her journalism career. “MAJaC is the first institution that has given me that privilege to become the award-winning journalist that I am today. I began my journalism career from the class to the newsroom and it was so tough for me to cope because I had no idea about journalism or how to write stories. MAJaC put me through a rigorous but a very rich curriculum in all aspect of journalism. MAJaC taught me how to become either a print, broadcast and online journalist with the guidance of its professional trainers”, Cham added. Kebba Jeffang won the Political and Women’s awards while Kaddy Jawo won the Health and Medical award. Their consistent success in winning awards is a testament of the knowlegde gained from MAJaC. Lamin Fadera, a sports Journalist who works for AfriRadio, clinched the sports reporting award. The annual GPU awards continues to recognize the work of Journalists in the Gambia, many of whom are MAJaC products. During the 2021/2022 GPU National Journalism Award, eight MAJaC alumni were nominated for the awards and five won in the various categories. MAJaC continues to produced students who are excelling in the Media and Communication sector in the Gambia. MAJaC's influence is evident in producing award-winning journalists and shaping the media landscape in the Gambia.
November 14, 2023
Ya Sohna Sonko, has completed an Advanced Diploma In Journalism and Communication at MAJaC. She's undoubtedly one of the brightest students at MAJaC and has taken all her courses with utmost seriousness. She emerged second best student in her Diploma level. She excels in all her courses but her passion for digital media production is unmatched. Her creativity knows no bounds and reflects through in everything she does. One of her most memorable moments was during an assignment review session with her peers in the Radio Production class. "I thought I did well, but feedback humbled me. Embracing such moments, even if embarrassing, teaches valuable lessons" she said. Ya Sohna's advice to her fellow graduands and future MAJaC students is to approach their studies with a level head, fully engage themselves, and practice, whether it's with or without the trainer, putting in the effort to truly grasp the subjects.
November 13, 2023
MAJaC, with support from US Embassy is offering an opportunity for suitable Community radio journalists to apply for a three-month interactive radio training. This training aims to empower CSOs and Media in a project entitled "Strengthening CSOs and Media for improved Democracy and Good Governance". Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your skills. Apply now https://forms.gle/Lvx5NFuRE6WFmVBg7 Deadline: 24th November, 2023.
November 8, 2023
In the heart of West Africa, The Gambia, the smallest on the African mainland, has experienced a remarkable transformation amidst the surge of irregular migration that has gripped its youth. These intrepid souls set out in search of sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities beyond their familiar horizons. While this journey has been fraught with challenges and risks, the return home has illuminated the story of resilience and rebirth. From 2017 to August 31, 2022, approximately 3,600 Gambians stranded in Libya found their ray of hope through the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Voluntary Humanitarian Return Programme. A further 1,895 migrants, unable to proceed with their perilous journey, were safely ushered back from Niger during the same period. These returns often stem from the horrors of exploitation and physical abuse at the hands of smugglers and traffickers, which threaten the migrants' very existence. Upon their return, dozens of these brave individuals embark on a journey of self-discovery, bolstered by the guidance of dedicated mentors and counselors. This holistic support encompasses social and psychosocial assistance, as well as economic empowerment, thus enabling them to reintegrate into society, like the phoenix rising from its ashes. However, reintegration is not without its trials. The likes of Saidybah Fatty, an erudite economist, emphasize the formidable hurdles that The Gambia faces in ensuring the successful reintegration of these migrant returnees. Their return often leaves them with meager savings, a financial paradox that impedes employment prospects and the initiation of businesses. Consequently, this can give birth to poverty and social exclusion, with a shadow of stigma and discrimination casting a pall over their attempts to rebuild relationships. Yet, Mr. Fatty underscore the role of organizations like IOM in addressing these reintegration challenges. He exclaims, "IOM plays a pivotal role in steering migrant returnees through the labyrinth of challenges, championing humane and orderly migration for the greater good of all." The psychological well-being of returnees is a distressing chapter in their reintegration saga. Mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression, can cast a long shadow over the prospect of employment, the launch of businesses, and the rebuilding of relationships with family and friends. The successful reintegration of these resilient souls has ramifications far beyond the individual; it reverberates through society. It uplifts their income, diminishes their dependence on social assistance, unlocks doors to saving and investing, and allows them to send precious remittances to their families. This virtuous cycle bolsters the labor force, spurs tax revenues, quells crime, fosters social harmony, and enriches societal well-being. Take the story of Kemo Colley, a migrant returnee, a father of two who left the Gambia in 2015; he faced the chilly winds of stigma upon his return. Society often casts a dubious eye on returnees, perceiving them as individuals who could not complete their journey to Europe, relying on voluntary assistance to find their way back. This unfounded perception erodes their self-esteem and well-being. In a bid to provide wings to these phoenixes, IOM typically furnishes integration packages designed to reignite their lives, making them employable and resilient. These packages are as diverse as the individuals are themselves, addressing economic, social, and psychosocial facets. Colley, from the support received, now owns a poultry farm in his village in Siffoe. Kemo employs up to three people in his farm with his eldest son in charge of the finances. From the savings, Colley feeds the family and pays for the school fees and other necessities of the family and still with some to save. “I have initially thought I failed when I came back, following the stressed from the reason I left but my situation now is a dream come true, I don’t think I will be able to have such if I was still there” Colley added. Yet, it is vital to remember that not all returnees have the privilege of these reintegration packages. His story is similar to some of his mates, who are now in different ventures making a living for their families but still a different case for most of the underprivileged ones who see the reintegration efforts as means of discouraging them from embarking on the journey. Mustapha Sonko, a Migration Officer at the Gambia National Youth Council, recognize the complexity of the challenge. Financial constraints, the labyrinth of reintegration information, high unemployment rates, and limited resources all conspire to compound the complexity of their journey. The Gambia National Youth Council according to sonko joins hands with partners to ease the reintegration process. IOM, in particular, stands as a beacon in addressing migration-related issues. Their partnership extends through training, vigilant monitoring, and engaging sensitization programs aimed at deterring irregular migration. Mustapha Sonko eloquently underscores that the benefits The Gambia can reap from triumphant reintegration programs are a formidable goal to achieve. All too often, these programs wear a cosmetic facade, with limited government resources earmarked for the reintegration endeavor. The success of The Gambia's voyage in this realm hinges on the depth of their engagement with the European Union (EU). Sonko said, “The government must give migration the attention it deserves, even perhaps birthing a dedicated ministry, while prioritizing the implementation of coherent migration policies.” Source: IOM Facebook page IOM's role in The Gambia shines through a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the economic but also the social and psychosocial needs of migrants and their communities. This multifaceted assistance encompasses medical and psychosocial support, the nurturing of small businesses, support for education and vocational training, and referrals to other available services. The journey of migrant reintegration in The Gambia has been seen by many as a labyrinth of challenges, yet it carries the torch of hope, promising transformation for both individuals and society as a whole.
November 7, 2023
For several decades, Gambia's agricultural sector stood as the country's primary economic driver, contributing around 17.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In 2016, it trailed behind the services sector, which accounted for 68.8 percent of the GDP. According to a World Bank Report in 2017, the agricultural sector employed 27.1 percent of The Gambia's workforce. Notably, women played a significant role in this sector, with a higher likelihood of involvement compared to men. Data from the International Labour Organization revealed a 10-percentage point gender gap in agricultural participation between 2000 and 2017. With over two-thirds of Gambians residing in rural areas and depending on agriculture for their livelihoods, this sector was a prime target for investment, aligning with the country's National Development Plan (NDP) objectives focused on poverty reduction. Despite its historical significance in employment and the nation's economy, the agricultural sector has exhibited mixed performance over the years. Reports indicate that it has consistently underperformed in comparison to other economic sectors, with its GDP contribution declining from 29.0 percent in 2010 to 16.9 percent in 2019, as reported by the World Bank. Njaba Kunda, a rural community in the heart of Baddibu, was once synonymous with Gambia's thriving agricultural sector. The livelihoods of its residents predominantly relied on farming. However, this narrative has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years. The youth, who were once the backbone of agriculture, have increasingly chosen irregular migration to Europe as a means to make ends meet, leaving their farms behind. Since January 2016, an estimated 21,705 Gambians have embarked on the perilous journey to Europe by sea, representing approximately 1% of the nation's population at that time. Njaba Kunda, a village of approximately 5,000 people in Central Baddibu district, has witnessed a significant exodus of its young population, with more than 700 of its youth now residing in Europe and neighboring countries. Tragically, over 30 individuals from Njaba Kunda have lost their lives in the past years while attempting this journey, with many perishing in the Mediterranean. It is important to note that the majority of these migrants are men, leaving behind grieving families, including wives, children, and parents. Ward Councilor Alhagie Jaiteh remarked on the impact of migration, stating, "In Baddibu Njaba Kunda here, many people have migrated. Most of them took the irregular route known as the 'Backway.' Those who survived the journey have brought significant development to the village. However, some have lost their lives in Morocco, Libya, or at sea. Approximately, every year, 3 to 4 people perish on this perilous journey." Fatou Kanteh, a prominent female community leader, expressed her concern about the irregular route to Europe chosen by the village's youth. She emphasized the risks associated with such journeys and urged the young to explore opportunities closer to home. "As a mother, I cannot advise anyone to take the irregular route to Europe. It is perilous, and many have lost their lives. Our youth can stay and make a decent living here. There are opportunities available, including farming, poultry, and small-scale businesses," she stated. Although the rate of migration has declined in recent times, the youth continue to leave Njaba Kunda. Lamin Kanteh, a teacher and District Youth Chairperson of Lower Baddibu, shared the pressures faced by young people who remain in the village. Lamin believes that his salary is insufficient to sustain his livelihood. Inadequate income sources and societal expectations have pushed many young people to embark on the irregular journey to Europe. Lamin explained, "Several factors drive our youth to take the irregular route to Europe, one of which is societal pressure. Nowadays, if you are not in Europe or lack financial means, even earning respect in your own home becomes a challenge." Lamin also highlighted some positive aspects of migration, stating that migrants in Europe have played a significant role in reshaping the village's economy. They have constructed solid houses, which were previously rare in the village. However, the exodus of young people is having two contradictory impacts. On the one hand, migrants in Europe are sending remittances back to their families, positively impacting living standards and enabling investment in small-scale community businesses. On the other hand, the departure of many young men is changing the male-female balance in the village and will likely result in significantly lower birth rates. This places an even greater burden on those who remain to sustain the community's farming activities. During this year's farming season, nine compound heads abandoned their farms due to a lack of work force, as their young men had taken the irregular route to Europe, leaving them with the agricultural workload. The impact of irregular migration on rural communities is multifaceted and depends on several factors, including the scale of migration, the characteristics of migrants, and the policies in place in both sending and receiving countries. In the case of Njaba Kunda, irregular migration has had a mixed impact on the community. Remittances from irregular migrants have improved living standards and supported small-scale community businesses. However, the mass exodus of skilled laborers, particularly farmers and gardeners, has resulted in a brain drain, leading to a shortage of skilled workers in the community. Irregular migrants are also at an increased risk of exploitation and abuse. Muhammed Lamin Dibba, a Migration Expert, pointed out, "It is important to note that the impacts of irregular migration on rural communities like Njaba Kunda are not always straightforward. While remittances can have a positive impact on living standards, they can also lead to inflation, making it more challenging for locals to afford goods and services. Moreover, while the brain drain can create a shortage of skilled workers, it can also create opportunities for others to step up and fill those roles." According to the World Bank, remittances to The Gambia averaged US$181 million annually during 2013-2015, equivalent to 20% of the GDP in 2014. These remittances have tripled since 2006 and are expected to have significantly increased since then. The Central Bank of The Gambia disclosed that the country received $712 million in remittances in 2022. While remittances from migrants make a substantial contribution to The Gambia's economy and the well-being of families, many, including the government, discourage irregular migration to Europe. To address the outflow of young migrants, especially from rural areas, Migration Expert Dibba suggested that governments could create economic opportunities in these regions by investing in agriculture, infrastructure, and education. These measures can reduce poverty and unemployment, making rural areas more attractive places for young people to live.
November 6, 2023
Momodou Janneh fondly called "Fatoma" has recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Journalism and Communication at MAJaC. Momodou cherishes the strong bond he built with his colleagues and trainers at MAJaC, which played a significant role in his academic career.His Favorite courses were News writing, Radio Production, International Relations, Public Relations and International Human Rights Law. He is passionate about investigative journalism and human rights reporting. He aims to contribute to the growth of the media landscape in the Gambia, empowering aspiring journalists through his experience and knowledge. Momodou, together with his colleagues will be graduating on the 10th February, 2024. He advises his fellow graduands to uphold the principles of ethics and professionalism in their journalism careers, making a positive impact in the field