EFANET as a National Education Coalition held its General Assembly (GA) at the Baobab Holiday Resort from the 7th to 8th August, 2017. The general assembly meeting was attended by EFANET’s member organisations, representative of International Affiliated partner organisations such as African Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA) and OXFAM-IBIS, as well as local organisations representing the regional chapters and partners and the Media.

The main objective of the meeting was to review the policies & activities of the Network, discuss the key challenges facing the Network and identify solutions. The GA was also meant to elect a new Board of Directors that will steer the affairs of the network for next three consecutive years.

The Honourable Minister of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) Claudiana A. Cole graced the occasion as the chief guest of honour who delivered a speech on "the role of civil society towards the attainment of inclusive, quality education and lifelong learning for all". Statements were also delivered by the international partners form ANCEFA and OXFAM-IBIS, the outgoing Board Chairperson, Mrs. Zono Jammeh, among others all emphasizing the need to strengthen the advocacy for access to quality education by building a strong coalition with good governance and effective advocacy strategies.

The activity and financial reports of the Coalition were presented at the GA to update the members and partners on the activities the Network since the last GA held in May 2014. The GA also reviewed and amended the constitution in which the proposed changes and resolutions were unanimously adopted. Finally, a new Board of Directors was elected to serve as a governance body for the next term of office.

Following, the GA, an induction training and capacity building was conducted for the new Board members to orientate them on EFANET policies, program activities, advocacy strategies and networking and coalition building strategies in order for them to support the work of the coalition in fulfilling its mandate of advocating for access to quality education for all.