Evangelical Church of The Gambia (ECG) last Wednesday opened a multi-million
Euro skills training center at the Kombo South coastal village of Tanji. Named
House of Skills, the center will be devoted to helping Gambian young people in
finding skills of their choices and giving them training and hope.
ECG President Pastor Edward Jatta said the role of the Church all over the world is adding value to human lives and the Church in The Gambia is not an exception to that. He noted that as Christians, they believe that God created the world so that man could add value to the human race.
The Pastor said the Church has concern for humanity and that is why wherever it goes, it is always involved in education, health and agriculture geared towards improving human lives.
“This is why ECG has House of Skills here to empower Gambians particularly the young people. ECG is a Gambian church so the project is here to remain in The Gambia.”
Chief of the area Lamin Darboe applauded ECG for the foresight to establish House of Skills in Tanji, saying the centre would help curb illegal migration among young Gambians. Chief Darboe said the skills centre would go a long way in supporting government in creating more employment for young people. “I am happy to hear that the centre is not just going to train the youth and leave them like that but also help match them up with the skills of their choice,” the chief added.
Mike Junginger, one of the supporters of the House of Skills said he is happy that House of Skills is a Gambian project. “All money that flows into the project and what is earned from the project will remain in the project,’’ Junginger explained. He said the project leaders Roland and Gunda Rosch are very experienced people who are well suited to lead the project.
Junginger said he was also happy that experts from Switzerland and Germany are always involved in training of young people in the Gambia, saying that targets to gradually get Gambian trainers in the future.
The skills center offers industrial mechanic, baking, electrical, plumbing and carpentry training among other skills.