of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Demba Ali Jawo, has
underscored the pivotal role played by Young People in the Media –YPM and Child
Fund as staunch champions and promoters of child rights and children’s issues.
Minister Jawo acknowledged the indefatigable efforts of YPM over the years for championing rights of Gambian children through the media and across communities in The Gambia.
The minister was speaking in Brikama, West Coast Region over the weekend at the highlight event as part of activities marking International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) organised by Young People in the Media (YPM) in collaboration with stakeholders in child protection with support from ChildFund- The Gambia with a local theme: “Child Marriage Harms Children.”
Minister Jawo, lamented on YPM’s crucial role in addressing children’s issues through media platforms, training children and young people to produce quality content for media and bringing children and young people together to identify key issues affecting them in their communities and schools.
The minister noted child marriage as violation of human rights even though child marriage is seen as girls’ issue but it also affects boys to a lesser degree than girls.
The minister highlighted many factors and challenges affecting girls at risks of child marriage such as customary and socio cultural norms, poverty, and the perception that marriage will provide protection and to some extent the state of our civil registration system.
Speaking at the ceremony, the country director of ChildFund- The Gambia, Musu Kuta Komma, noted the ICDB is one of a great opportunities that allow broadcasters to give children and young people the opportunity to share their hopes, their dreams and aspirations for a better future. She added that the day also provides children with media inclination a platform to showcase their innate talent and skills in different facets of life whilst also bringing the raft of issues that are inimical to their development and overall wellbeing.
Mrs. Komma, amply ChildFund- The Gambia’s and YPM’s resolve to relegate the practice of child marriage to the dustbin of history which continues to manifest itself in some quarters despite a law banning it.
“As we celebrate the ICDB, children and young people must realise that our primary goal is to succeed in life, to be great, good students who are determined to make a mark in our country.”
The Gambia needs our services today and in the future noted Kaddijatou Fofana, deputy executive coordinator- YPM.
The event attracted children from ChildFund Federation, “Saama Kairoo, Ding Ding Yiriwaa” and children from greater Banjul Area and West Coast Region.