Arabic and Islam in the Gambia
Although the Gambia is a secular country, according to the constitution, it is predominantly a Muslim country. The population is just under 2 million people with about 90% Muslim. The President of the Gmabia, Yahya Jammeh, has stated that he wants to change the official language from English to another. Many have speculated that it may be changed to Arabic others have said it could be a local language. Arabic in the Gambia is already present in many of the Mosques, Islamic schools and centres.
We wait to see the developments in the near future as to which of the languages in the Gambia is chosen or whether it is wishful thinking. This would mean changes to the Education system which is already in need of English speakers, and teachers of other subjects, for many schools.