GAMBIA, SOUTH AFRICA, December 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Gambian Constitution guarantees all children a primary school education, but Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia knows that this is frequently not the case for children in his home country. A prominent businessman and entrepreneur, Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia is also an advocate for education in Gambia and across Africa. As a successful owner of two businesses and a player in international trade, Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia knows that he would not be the success he is today without having had access to a quality education. The fact that so many children in Gambia are denied the ability to get even a basic education due to lack of resources and infrastructure is dismaying to him, and Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia is committed to helping to change this shortcoming.
Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia started his first business, TKMOTORS, in 1989 when he was just a young man of 20 years old. At 20, he had received both primary and secondary education and was ready to strike out on his own, and economic resources have followed. His education allowed him to negotiate a representation contract with Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, making his company the representative for Mitsubishi in the Gambian market. For children without access to even primary education, however, such opportunities are automatically foreclosed. "I would be lost without the education I received growing up," says Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia
. "When I hear about how many children in Gambia do not have access to education, especially those who live far from the cities, I feel terrible. I know that as a leader in the business world, I have a responsibility to work towards changing that." In Gambia, only about 60% of adults are literate, and as Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia knows well, you cannot negotiate a major contract that you cannot read.
There has been progress towards more inclusive education in Gambia over the last few years, particularly the abolition of school fees for the first six years of school. Girls are still significantly underrepresented in schools, especially in rural areas, and many children in Gambia attend religious schools with restricted curriculums. For those who do get through the first nine years of schooling, the option to attend skill based programs opens up. "I believe strongly in the importance of those skills training programs," says Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia
. "Those programs are what make many Gambians employable. The problem is with getting children through those first nine years of school, or even the first six years." Indeed, the average time spent in school - for those who begin to attend - is only about 7.5 years.
Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia hopes that his firm stance on increased educational opportunities resonates with government officials. "I would love to put the construction supply resources of TKXPORT to work for my community, but the political will needs to be there. The teachers need to be there. Without those things, my passion for education will be fruitless. I want the children of Gambia to receive the education they need, but I cannot do it alone," remarked Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia
Tarek Kalil Musa of Gambia is an entrepreneur, owning companies in both the import/export industry, and in auto manufacturer representation.