‘Meaningful engagement and development of young people is crucial to NDP’

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Minister of Youth and Sports, Hadrammeh Sidibeh has said meaningful engagement and development of young people is critical to sustainable National Development.

Hon. Sidibeh made this remarks statement during International Youth Day, 2019, under the theme “Transforming education”.

He revealed that his ministry will continue to prioritize youth empowerment and development, as emphasized in strategic priority seven of National Development Plan on harnessing the demographic dividend.

He pointed out that the theme, contribution of youth and stakeholders towards the attainment of SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), and SDG 10 (Reducing Inequality), as well as other related Sustainable Development Goals.

He said the ministry of youth and sports and its satellite intuitions with stakeholders will conduct series of activities including stakeholder’s inter-generational dialogue on transforming education in the Gambia, social mobilizations and media outreach on the theme.

‘‘We will also use the opportunity to recognized and acknowledge the contributions of youth, youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders efforts toward transforming our education system to accommodate youth and future of work.He stated that youth across the continent of which Gambia is not an exception, continues to face several challenges such as unemployment, irregular migrations and return, inadequate access to opportunities, relevant technical skills, access to finance, insufficient youth safer spaces, among other challenges.

He further stated that the provision of quality , relevant education, and lifelong learning opportunities for youth especially in digital skills, vocational education, business finances, cultural appreciation, sustainability, gender and human rights, within a progressive policy environment, will not only accelerate socio economic transformation.

He added that several challenges, majority of Gambian youth and the diaspora continue to demonstrate resilient and commitments to maximally utilized the opportunities provided by the new Gambia across all sectors.

He said the Government of the Gambia under the dynamic leadership of His Excellency President Adama Barrow, through my Ministry will continue to prioritize youth empowerment and development, as emphasized in strategic priority seven of National Development Plan, on harnessing the demographic dividend.

He lamented that Young people constitute more than 65% of the populations and their meaningful engagement and development is critical to sustainable National Development.

I am please to indicate that here that, my Ministry is working with the Satellite institutions and strategic partners to operationalize the National Youth Development Fund to provide access to finance to youth led initiatives and start up, refurbishment of youth centres such as Farafenni Youth Centre, Janjanbureh Youth Centre, Bansang Youth Centre and Basse Youth Centre as well as expand the Gambia Songhai Agricultural initiative to other parts of the country.

These among other advocacy, skills training and sports development programmes under my ministry, coupled with the ongoing review of the National Youth Policy, are expected to give youth the much needed platforms and opportunities for innovation, employment creation, leadership and capacity to contribute towards national development.

These international frameworks remain to inspire protection and quality service delivery for children, youth and women especially in the Gambia in line with National Development Plan.

Source: Picture: Minister of Youth and Sports Hadrammeh Sidibeh