Village Girls Initiative (VGI), in partnership with International Visitors’
Leadership Programme Alumni (IVLPA) have commenced a three-month livelihood and
leadership skills training for over 40 young girls of Sanyang Youth Tesito
Association (SYTA); a youth-led community based organisation in Sanyang, Kombo
The young women empowerment skills training programme is funded by IVLPA through the American Embassy. Areas of training include Batik making, shoe design, soap making, mentoring, entrepreneurship, financial management, leadership and tailoring.
Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairman Lamin Bojang thanked the organissers for the initiative, saying the training would enable the young girls to realise their talents and potentials and open an economic source for them.
He said as young girls, the training will not only help in assuring them reliable financial prospects but it will also assist them in the welfare and security of their families in generations to come. “Financial and other social responsibilities will one day be under your obligation.”
Mr. Bojang reminded participants that it is important that they take the opportunity seriously, saying it has the potential to bring them new jobs to their homes and in future, other young girls.
Binta Minteh, an IVLP member said the idea of the skills training programme came after a leadership training that some of them attended outside of The Gambia with the support of the American government, adding that the initiative is designed to mainly provide young women with livelihood and leadership skills in order to be financially and socially self-reliant.
She said she is hopeful that before the end of the training, participants would be able to rely on themselves, saying the idea is to empower the young girls to have self-actualization for their own development.
Momodou Manneh, SYTA president said the training will avail the young girls the chance to realize their livelihood skills potential for their future security.