U.S. Embassy Promotes U.S. Higher Education at Bridging Gaps Expo

Embassy Banjul participated in the first “Bridging Gaps Advisory Education and Career Expo” by displaying an EducationUSA booth.  The founder and CEO of Bridging Gaps, Ramatoulie Gaye, a woman empowerment activist, started the program in order to inform young Gambians, especially young women, of post-secondary educational options available to them and by helping develop their skills.  This first Education Expo, held at QCity in Bijilo, Banjul, was well-attended.  The event attracted students and educators from about 40 higher education institutions and schools.  The Expo’s purpose was to help students and parents to better understand choices in order to make informed decisions.  Some of the enterprises offered vocational options (such as a career in the hospitality industry) that would help reduce youth unemployment.  The A/PAO and Cultural Assistant represented the mission at the opening, which was launched by the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education.  During the two-day fair, the Public Diplomacy section offered general education advising to more than 100 visitors, who stopped by the booth to learn about the college admission process in the US.  Visitors were also given the post-designed flyer on “Your 5 Steps to Study in the U.S.”