least 100 emerging rural leaders, Friday completed a seven-day intensive
training on leadership skills at a local hotel in Kololi to enhance their
leadership roles in their respective communities.
Rural leaders are important since they help their followers to decide on important issues and give direction for group action. They also resort to group, participative and consensus decision making.
Richard Carlton Paschall, US Ambassador to The Gambia called on the participants to make best use of the training, reminding them that they were selected because of their potential and leadership qualities.
He appealed to Gambian young people to monitor the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission ( TRRC ), because the United States recommend it as one of the most interesting issues currently going on in the country. “I believe that you can make a difference in education and other sectors, I know you have learnt something that will develop you and your communities.”
Lamin Darboe, National Youth Council (NYC) executive director said he feels fulfilled when he saw young people gathered to share their experience in order to take leadership roles in their various communities.
He applauded the good gesture that the American Embassy is taking to help the youth in order to build their capabilities in various fields. “Young people migrate because of hopelessness. If we prepare the youth well, we will have a better future but if we don’t, we can expect anything in the future.”
He assured the organisers of the training of his Council’s willingness to collaborate with them in other activities to reduce Gambian young people’s unemployment rate.
Sheikh Omar Sillah, project manager of Emerging Rural Leaders (ERL) said they have achieved the reason for the ELR, saying all their sessions were successful. “Many of you never came to the urban areas and I urge you to take leadership to show respect and peaceful co-existence in our communities.”
He said 51 schools participated and they are looking forward to double the number next year if there are resources.
Momodou Dibba and Mariama Kebbeh, both participants expressed delight about the engagement, saying they learned leadership and good governance and they will sensitize their communities to respect differently disables.