Senior Secondary School President International Award (PIA) unit, Saturday
elected their new executive at the school ground in Banjul.
Alpha Dem, a PIA award leader urged the new executive members to leave up to expectation, adding that PIA is a program designed for youth development and was introduced in 1986. “The entire program focuses on leadership, friendship, entrepreneurship and gender in development. Through the program, youth are exposed to skills such as public speaking with a view to enable them participate and venture into their respective endeavors. Currently, there are about 40 youth with the Award who are registered nurses.”
Adama Fatty, a youth activist said Gambian young people should believe in themselves and participate in nation building. “We needs to believe in ourselves no matter the consequences.”
Sainey Drammeh, Executive Director of PIA said the event was a real democracy, saying the transition of leadership from one executive to the other is a demonstration of democracy by the young people.
He added that if young people are able to peacefully pass leadership and authority, then it sets a good lesson for everyone to learn.
Out-going vice president Musa Camara said since the introduction of the Award Unit in the school, they never experienced failure and advised the incoming executive not to hesitate in making decisions on what they want to pursue.
Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, a political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia said the only way young people can participate in national development is to priorities their education and produce something for the country without depending on other countries.