(Monday, 11 September 2017 Issue)
Mercel Mendy, vice chairperson of the National Organising Committee for Ministry of Youth and Sports’ International Youth and Sports Summer Camp 2017 has stressed that the organisation of youth summer camp was not a waste of resource.
“Any person in his right mind will never say organising youth and sports summer camp is waste of time or resources,” he told reporters during an interview on Wednesday at Etoilet Du Lac hotel, Mbao, Lac Rose, Senegal.
He explained that the camp was an opportunity that brought young ones together and exposed them to the realities of the world.
Mr Mendy said the camp aimed at ensuring that young ones were exposed to the realities of life, know beyond the four corners of their homes, classrooms, regions and country.
During the camp, the participants were imbibed with life skills, the dangers of some chemicals often used at home, the need for religious tolerance and the need to embrace religious values.
The camp also helped to instill discipline into the young ones and imparted to them basic skills of some sporting disciplines like football, basketball, volleyball among others.
The seven-day camp brought together young people and children from across the seven regions of The Gambia and was organised by the National Sports Council (NSC) and National Youth Council (NYC) under the theme: ‘Let’s Celebrates Our Diversity to Strengthen National Unity.’
It was the 2nd edition of the MOYS’ International Youth and Sports summer camp, fully funded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The vice chairperson of the organising committee said: Every nation that is serious about its future will have to invest in its children and youth. In fact, this is why some African governments pay fortunes to send their young ones on similar trips to other African countries and even to Europe and the Americas.”
“This is not the first time the camp is been held, it is the second international summer camp and we want to assure parents that their children are in safe hands.”He assured.
Mberry Jobe Sonko, coordinator and member of NOC, commended the coordinating team for a good job done in preparation for the camp.