STATE PARTY EXAMINATION OF THE GAMBIA’S THIRD AND FOURTH PERIODIC REPORT 68TH SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD 12 JANUARY – 30 JANUARY 2015
1 General Measures of Implementation
2 Definition of the Child
3 General Principles
4 Civil Rights and Freedoms
5 Family Environment and Alternative care
6 Basic Health and Welfare
7 Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities
8 Special Protection Measures
9 Concluding Remarks
The Gambia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 3 August 1990.
On 15 and 16 January 2015, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) examined the combined second and third report of The Gambia.
It was last examined on 5 October 2001.
Opening Comments The delegation of The Gambia was led by Ms. Fanta Bai Secka, Director of Social Affairs.
She was supported by representatives from The Gambia Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Justice.
The head of delegation, Ms. Fanta Bai Secka, opened the dialogue by mentioning the progress made by the State party in relation to immunization coverage (99.5 per cent), reduction of infant mortality by 32 and child mortality by 36 per cent.
Furthermore, since 2014, basic education was free and compulsory up to the age of 12
Educational parity between girls and boys was reached at the basic school level.
Challenges still existed in the area of water and sanitation, malnutrition, human and financial resources.
The Country Rapporteurs, Ms. Yasmeen Muhamad Shariff, and Ms. Mária Herczog welcomed the delegation and thanked the head of delegation for the informative opening remarks.
The Committee was pleased to note the progress made despite the challenges faced by the State party and commended the State party for adopting several pieces of legislation and ratifying the OPSC
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