Minister of Basic Education
Claudiana Ayo Cole is The Gambia’s Minister of Basic and Secondary Education. Born in Banjul on the 15th of October 1958, Ms Cole is an educationalist with extensive experience. For the last 36 years, she has held many positions in the country’s education sector. Until her current appointment, she was Regional Education Director for various regions. Other posts include those of Headmistress of Wesley Lower Basic School in Banjul and Marakisa Basic School in the West Coast region.
Ms Cole was also an Assistant Examiner for the West African Examinations Council and a Member of the English Panel of the Curriculum Research and Development Centre.
Ms Cole holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree with distinction in Educational Management from the same university.
The Minister has participated in numerous national and international workshops, seminars and conferences on education. She has contributed immensely to educational policy reviews and developments in education in The Gambia, among other things, producing a book and some poems that have been used in Gambian schools.
One of Ms Cole’s many passions is helping children, and especially girls, excel in their education.