Similarly, although the government requires child support for the children of divorced parents, the requirement is rarely enforced. Other ferries operate at Basse, Bansang, Georgetown, Kaur, Kuntaur, Kerewan, and Barra. The district chiefs retain traditional power of customary law. Prospecting for offshore oil was active in the early 1990s, and although the exploration is continuing off-shore in Gambian waters, no exploitable oil reserves have yet been found. Presidential elections were due in October 2006; new political alliances were in formation.
Its curriculum is similar to that of British primary schools. Trade was vital to Gambia, especially trade with Ghana, Songhai, and the Mali Empire between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Niger , Kanem-Bornu, and the Hausa States. In 2010, 87% of child care givers believed that corporal punishment was necessary to educate children. The English were not far behind, coming to West Africa to buy gold and spices. In 1821, the British settlements in The Gambia were placed under the administration of the government of.
In 1889, The Gambia's boundaries were defined, and in 1894 the interior was declared a British protectorate. This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population. The median age of the population is 19. World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated. Elections for the House of Assembly were held on 2 January 1997 with members installed on 16 January 1997.
British-made household articles can be repaired after a fashion, but American equipment rarely can be adequately serviced. The influence of Islam on kinship patterns is Shoppers and cars in downtown Banjul. A household unit usually has a nuclear family or a polygynous unit. Hughes, Arnold and Harry A. On 26 September 1996, presidential elections were held in which Jammeh won 55. Impure water is responsible for life-threatening diseases that contribute to high infant mortality rates.
The most commonly eaten fruits are mangoes, bananas, grapefruit, papayas, and oranges. The Nation and The Gambian Times, which is published by the People's Progressive Party, appear fortnightly. Do you need advice and tips from your Indian countrymen? Banjul, the principal port, receives about 300 ships annually. Islam reached the Ghana Empire in the early 8th century, following the Arab conquest of North Africa. . Because of the humid climate and the salt air along the coast, metal rusts rapidly. It also has a tape collection of oral histories of the region and videotapes on aspects of Gambian culture.
Just over one percent of the population comes from other African countries with non-Africans accounting for fewer than one percent mostly Europeans and Lebanese. Later kingdoms of the Foni, Kombo, Sine-Salom and Fulladou in The Gambia became trading partners of West Africa's great empires. Only a few technical journals are available in Banjul. Education for children is compulsory, in theory, but this provision is not enforced in practice. British Airways has two nonstop flights a week to Banjul from London. The tourist industry has increased begging and child prostitution.
The majority of the population lives near the Atlantic coast with the interior of the country sparsely populated. There is only one woman in the assembly. Surf fishing is popular and, in season, it is possible to make catches of many varieties. Foreign air carriers provide international service. The principal vernaculars are Wolof, Fula, and Mandinka, the latter spoken by the Mandingo.
Radio Gambia, a government broadcasting service, operates daily with over 100 hours of broadcasts a week in seven languages, including English. The subtropical climate has a rainy season from June to October, and a dry transitional period from October to December. It was estimated that for the period 1990 to 2003 household consumption grew at an average annual rate of 3. Visits to Mecca set some Muslims apart from others. The population of The Gambia was estimated at 1. While men usually will be seen in mosques and at special prayer grounds, women generally pray in the privacy of their homes. Its boundaries were defined following an agreement with France in 1889.