from Holland Tony and Yvonne is currently in The Gambia to provide
entrepreneurship and skills training and materials to the country’s young
people to contribute in the productive sector of economy.
Over the weekend, the couple conducted training for some young people, parents and people from different walks of life at Saint Peter’s Senior Secondary School in Lamin.
Tony said they have being working in The Gambia for the past six years when he met five boys in the country who intended to open a metal workshop. “I have a business in Holland but that would not stop me from coming to The Gambia to give my support to the young people,” he said.
He said they organised the training to create awareness on the benefits of labor work. “I call on the young people to hold tight on the work and others who have interest to benefit from our services which can help them in future. The young people are the blueprint for Gambia’s next generation and I hope we can achieve that goal and have more people to join in the work.”
Steven Mendy, one of the participants said the training has provided them with technical understanding in the areas of business, production and innovativeness. “After the training we are expected to boost up the technical aspect of it and make the best use of the advice in order to run our personal business without any obstacles,” he said.
Mendy said Gambia’s labor work is in a very poor condition and many people are not ready to involve in it because it is seen by many as a dirty work.
He called on the government to focus its support to them to help them achieve their goals of providing self-employment and also employ others to minimize unemployment rate in the country. “We also call on the public to come and support which will contribute to national development,” Mendy appealed.
Hatab Colley from the National Association of Cooperative Credit Union-The Gambia (NACCUG) thanked Tony and Yvonne for providing the training to the young people, promising the participants that they will help the in achieving their dreams.