NAYCONF flag tour commenced on 14 November 2017 to seek the blessing, prayers
and support of all stakeholders in ensuring a successful NAYCONF.
Speaking to reporters, Pa Suwareh Faye, Chairman of Marketing Committee for NAYCONF 2017, said the stakeholders they have already met expressed their readiness to contribute in making this year’s event a success.
Mr Faye described the response from stakeholders as very positive, adding that the Chinese Embassy was the first Embassy to call and give them their word of willingness to support the event.
According to him, the flag tour is also expected to reach the President’s or Vice President’s office.
He appealed to all stakeholders to support the event meant for young people who form the greater percentage of the population.
He expressed optimistic of staging a very successful NAYCONF this year going by the positive response from stakeholders.
NAYCONF is a biennial event, which is meant to bring young people from all over the country and beyond to share their experience and dilate on issues that affect their lives.
This year’s event will be held from the 15th to 22nd December 2017 in Basse, Upper River Region under the theme “New Gambia: Challenges and Opportunities for youth.”
The objectives of NAYCONF is to create a platform for youth voice, active participation and positive socialisation among young people to discuss issues affecting them and map out a common roadmap and actionable programmes in addressing them.
It also seeks to showcase the talents of young people in various sporting and cultural events to serve as a springboard to a career in the discipline of their choice; create the necessary awareness on the dangers of youth migration and opportunities available for young people in the country.
It will also be a platform to enhance the understanding of young people on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Agenda 2063.
This year’s conference will delve into ten thematic areas such as curbing youth irregular migration to Europe; youth employment and entrepreneurship (Education, skills development, agribusiness, Mentoring and Coaching); Peace and security (National Reconciliation and social cohesion); human rights and democracy (Transitional Justice); ICTs (Science, technology and Innovation); National Dialogue on youth Leadership and Political Participation; Youth, Gender Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights; Youth in creative industry (Arts, sports, culture, music, textile and fashion etc); Trade and Industry (Policy, Infrastructure, Business environment); and UN Sustainable Development Goals and Africa Agenda 2063.
The expected outcomes are to produce and validate The Gambia Programme of Action for Youth (GPAY) 2018-2019; Untapped talents and skills of young people in sports, culture and creative industry are discovered and recognized; Awareness of the dangers of youth irregular migration, its impact and links to opportunities available for young people in the country increased; and Understanding of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Africa Agenda 2063 and the linkages with National development plans among young people improved.