2018 annual summer youth camp staged by Beakanyang, a right group has recently
came to an end in the Upper River Region’s administrative capital, Basse.
This year’s camp was held on the theme: Making Human Rights Reality for All in The Gambia, attracted 40 participants mainly from KMC, CRR and URR.
Addressing the participants, Beakanyang’s acting director Tumani Danjo said they are working tirelessly to promote a culture of human rights in the country and inspire young people to become agents of change and take charge of their own destiny.
He said during the course of the 5-day camp, participants were exposed to various thematic areas including human rights, ICT in development, climate change, child marriage, entrepreneurship, leadership, integrity, drug and substance abuse, FGM and irregular migration.
“The main objective of the camp was to provide a unique platform for young people from diverse backgrounds to network and learn various disciplines and get inspired,” Mr. Danjo said. He said the objectives also included teaching the participants about their rights and things that can add value to their lives.
Mr. Danjo said Beakanyang as an organization always strive to promote young peoples’ active, responsible and continuous participation in national development. “We work to create an inclusive society where all young people will be engaged, informed and inspired to take the challenge of actively participating in national development.”
Upper River Region governor Fatou Jammeh-Touray applauded the Beakanyang for choosing her region as the host of this year’s camp, saying, “let us not gather for the sake of youth gathering. We have to make it meaningful. I am speaking to the youth as a mother because I want the best for the youth and they are the future leaders of this great nation,”.
Muhammed Ceesay, URR youth committee chairperson said the youth summer camp is important in the creation of unionism among the youth, adding that it also sends a strong signal to the government that they must invest in youth.
“Beakanyang is relentlessly advocating for human rights and as youth, we must join the crusade to make human rights a reality in the Gambia.”
Yahya Sumareh, a board chairman of Beakanyang urged the campers to be effective game changers, further reminding them that they must not limit themselves to white color jobs. He reminded them that it is necessary to learn skills and become young entrepreneurs.
Publicity Manager Buba S Njie thanked Youth for Human Rights International, USA, Youth for Human Rights The Gambia and Basse Area Council for partnering with them in hosting event.