Organising Committee of the National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF)
has put a budget target of six million dalasi for the organisation of this
year’s biennial national youth gathering which will be hosted by Gambia’s
farthest region – Upper River Region (URR) this December.
NAYCONF, initially youth week in the first republic is a national youth gathering where young people discuss their present, past and future and draw resolutions which they table before the authorities in the interest of young people. This is the 12th edition of the event and the second time to be hosted by Basse, URR administrative capital.
National Youth Council’s Executive Director Lamin Darboe told this reporter at his West Field office that they have already received commitment from their partners like the UN agencies who promised to support the pre- NAYCONF activities.
Mr. Darboe said NAYCONF is a platform for youth engagement which is critical to youth empowerment and development. “During NAYCONF, young people interact with stakeholders to understand national policies and priorities.”
NAYCONF emanated from the Youth in the first republic. It was established by an Act of Parliament in the year 2000 following a demand from young people at the first NAYCONF hosted by the Kanifing Municipality in the year 1999.
According to Mr. Darboe, all the thematic areas of engagement at this year’s event will be critical to national development and they will be interlinked and re-enforcing. “This year NAYCONF should set standards and milestones for what targets we set for our young people. One of the outcomes is to have a Gambia programme of action for youth.”