By Edrissa Jallow
Yesterday, 10th December 2023, the world observed and commemorated International Human Rights Day (IHRD) after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) achieved its 75-year anniversary since it’s establishment on 10th December 1948.
In light of this, Gambian Human Rights organisation, Beakanyang, commemorated the day with a march pass from Brusubi turntable to Baobab Hotel followed by an inter-school human rights quiz competition at Baobab Hotel.
The two schools that competed today were Masroor and Armitage Senior Secondary Schools with Armitage being crowned the champions after securing 40 points against Masroor Senior Secondary School who scored 25 points.
Armitage was represented by Kaddy Bah and Ousman Camara while Masroor was represented by Saikou Jarju and Oumie Baldeh who are all in their final grade 12.
This is the second time Beakanyang has organised this competition after the inaugural competition was launched in 2018 which was won by Charles Jaw Senior Secondary School at Charles Jaw.
Beakanyang’s Executive Director, Nfamara Jawneh congratulated the participants as well as the winners, and the runner-ups for their wonderful achievement. He echoed his determination to improve in 2024 when he said he can’t wait to come next year in 2024 to improve gaps and continue this initiative annually.
“We will not wait until October and November and start working on this activity for 2024…if we are alive we will continue to ensure we have that perfection that we want to have for the next competition,” said Mr Jawneh.
Turning his attention to the march pass, the Executive Director explained that it was a testament “to the strength that lies in our diversity and the potential for unity in our pursuit of human rights”.
IHRD “compels us to scrutinise the state of human rights in our beloved nation, to assess our progress, confront our challenges, and collectively envision a future where the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are not just aspirational but the lived reality for every citizen,” said Mr Jawneh.
The event also featured a presentation on the “state of Human rights in The Gambia” by Madi Jobarteh who presented to students at the competition.