Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) and its youth empowerment project; Gambia
Songhai Initiative (GSI) Thursday validated the tracer study report on the
Initiative’s graduated students, at President International Award, in Bakau.
The study aims at finding out areas of specialisation for GSI alumni and highlighted that 68% of the graduated students specialise in poultry and crop production, while a proportional percent specialised in other areas such as market gardening, ruminant, agroforestry, animal production, animal husbandry and soil improvement. The study also indicated that on average, all trainings last within a year.
Head of GSI general services, Kebba Lang Camara said the Initiative is engaged in trainings and extension services for sustainable agriculture, adding that the project is to address the “triple challenge” of development such as food insecurity, youth unemployment, poverty, environmental degradation and demographic transition.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the ministry of youth and sports, Lamin A Camara said the study was necessary because his ministry and partners needed to know the impact the Gambia Songhai Initiative is making and how to improve on its programmes and activities.
He dilated on the significance of the project, stating that the Government through the ministry of youth and sports have made youth development an area of national development priority. “Young people in any country represent the future. They are not only leaders of tomorrow but also partners of today.”
Mr. Camara said The Gambia Songhai Initiative was established to address youth unemployment through agriculture value chain, saying the project was launched in February 2015. “Two hundred youth are trained since the inception of the project. In October, there was a negotiation to increase the enrolment number of students from 40 to 80.”