edition of Youth and Sports Summer Camp of the Ministry of Youth and Sports
organised by the National Youth Council and National Sports Council is underway
in Pakalinding, Lower River Region.
The camp, under the theme; Be the Change: Participate and Promote New Gambia, brought together campers across the country. The camp is aimed at empowering campers on issues around national development and to promote peace through sports and culture.
The objective of the camp is to incorporate the voices of children and youth for effective national development, promote peace building through sports, to raise awareness of children and youth on their fundamental rights and responsibilities, sensitise children and youth on the transitional justice process and encourage them to be peace builders in their communities.
It will also enhance the understanding of children and youth in national development. The main activities includes, official opening ceremony, presentations, panel discussions, debates, poetry and quiz competitions, sporting activities both indoor and outdoor games, site seeing/excursions and closing ceremony.
The campers will be introduced to the basic of sports including Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, wrestling among others. There will also be presentations on IT, hair dressing, health and hygiene, Children’s contribution to national development and other topics.
Speaking at the opening ceremony last Friday, Abdoulie M. Kah, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) explained that one of the reasons that propel the birth of the youth summer camp is that they realised that during the summer most children only idle with others going to beaches to swim without attendance.
He added that in other to minimize the unnecessary accident at beaches they decided to come up with the youth and sport camp for children to engage themselves meaningfully.
He urged group leaders to allow the children built independent minds, associates among themselves but also handle them with care so that in future when they advertise the camp parents will be willing to register their kids.
Marcel Mendy, executive director of the National Sports Council said they want to ensure that they instill the sense of nationalism, patriotism and virtues of disciplines in the young ones, noting that the summer youth camp will ensure that the young ones get to know each other at a tender age.
Pa Saity Ceesay, CEO of Mansakonko Area Council said the sole aim of the youth summer camp is to harness as well as gather youth to share and interact and showcase their talents in differing sporting arenas.
Nuru Deen Mbye, representative of governor of Lower River Region said this kind of programmes for the camp will enable the young ones to be moral incline as well as law abiding and moreover respect command.