annual Muslim Youth Camp organised by the Assembly of Gambia Muslims Youth
(AGAMY) in partnership with its students’ wing the Federation of Gambia Muslim
Students’ Organisation (FEGAMSO) on Monday, 29 July, 2019, kicked off at Kotu
Senior Secondary School.
The annual convergence, which attracts over 200 participants, is being held under the theme; ‘Unlocking the Potential of the Youth for National Development.’
Addressing participants at the opening, Yankuba Jarjue, camp director, said this year’s annual gathering attracted participants from different institutions across all regions of the country.
This year’s youth camp, he said, will feature different activities including an international conference with delegates from Senegal and a day’s sensitisation on entrepreneurship. There will also be a forum with DLEAG on the dangers of drug abuse among others.
Jarjue indicated that the annual youth event is designed to enable participants’ network, learn and share ideas on matters affecting their lives in line with Islam.
He expressed optimism that at the end of the youth event, participants would have better understanding of the society and the world at large, saying the event would also help youth to fully prepare for the life ahead.
Sheikh Tijan Cham, vice principal of Kotu Senior Secondary School, underscored the importance of the annual Muslim youth convergence.
The event, he added, would equip youth with the fundamental principles of Islam and how to go about issues in life.
He acknowledged that Islam is a religion of moderation and tolerance and that excessiveness is against the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was with authority, but because of his tolerance, he was able to live alongside people of different faiths. He thus expressed appreciation for hosting the event this year.
Oumie Salima Jallow, vice president of FEGAMSO, said their organisation being the students’ wing of AGAMY seeks to promote and propagate the teachings of Islam amongst their members and society for that matter.
Lamin Sanyang, principal of Kotu Senior Secondary School, urged youths to shun violence and other societal-ills, as he called on youths to adhere to the core values of Islam and act in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
He equally reminded youths that born from Muslim parents or family is not enough for one to be a Muslim, noting that for one to be a Muslim, one must act in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
Omar Bojang, president of AGAMY spoke at length on issues affecting his organisation, and called for more support particularly from authorities to help them in their youth camps.“We have been organising annual youth camps like this one, but we are disappointed with the non attendance of government officials especially those from the Ministry of Youth and Sports. I must say that as before, we are disappointed with them particularly the National Youth Council for failing to honour our invitation despite acknowledgement of receiving our invitation,” he said.