Gambia and its local partners on Monday donated cheques amounting to D200, 000
to the West Coast Region local organizing committee and the National organizing
committee for the biennial National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF).
The partners included Din Din Yiruwa, Saama Kairo and Foni Din Din federations who together donated D120, 000 to the WCR local organizing committee while Childfund The Gambia donated D80, 000 to the national organizing committee.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Childfund acting country Director, Nfamara Darboe, spoke at length on the significance of the NAYCONF, saying it would avail young people the opportunity to come together to discuss and share ideas on issues affecting their socio-economic development.
He highlighted the importance of this year’s NAYCONF theme, saying if there’s any sector that should lead the development of the new Gambia is the youth sector while assuring the gathering of Childfund’s continued support to the development and empowerment of the youth sector.
According to him, the biennial event is among one of Childfund’s outcome. They believe young people should be skilled and involved in any decision-making and in national development.
Acting Director Darboe explained to the gathering that their presence in West Coast region is for a strategic reason which is child sponsorship program implemented by its local partners in supporting 16, 000 children in WCR.
He noted that over the years Childfund has distributed over 1 million shoes to school children as well as supporting schools with text books across the country.
Saama Kairo Federation Manager, Edrissa Cham, expressed all Childfund partners’ delight in contributing their quota towards this year’s NAYCONF, saying as federations, all that they do is for the deprived, excluded and vulnerable youths.
The Governor West Coast Region, Ebrima Mballow, commended Childfund and expressed delight in receiving the cheques amounting D120, 000 for the WCR local organizing committee.
NAYCONF, he said, is a clear testimony of government’s involvement and stands in ensuring that youth needs are met and put into consideration.
According to him, youth have the potential to maintain peace and as a nation, one should offer a helping hand to the youth to enable them contribute their quota in peace building, stressing that the welfare of the youth is among his priority.
Governor Mballow urged Childfund to consider offering skills training on mobiles repair and satellite installation to the returnees.
This, he added, is one of his biggest priorities for 2018.
He on behalf of the people of WCR and the local organizing committee thanked Childfund and its local partners for the support which would go a long way in addressing some of the challenges facing the committee.
The chairman National Youth Council, Dembo Kambie, thanked Childfund for their support, saying this year’s NAYCONF would serve as a platform to create human resource base that the country needs to develop.
According to him, they would have workshops in ten thematic areas in this year’s NAYCONF to enable them come up with activities that would move the social, economic and moral development of the country; an action plan which would be the first country plan for youth to be validated.