Ambassadors – The Gambia (PAG) last Thursday held a day’s seminar on peace
building and decision making. The event, held at the West Coast Region
Governor’s office in Brikama, was funded by UNFPA under its peacebuilding fund.
A similar event will also be held in Greater Banjul and Upper River Region to
discuss with youth on issues affecting them as well as finding solutions to it.
Bubacarr Sambou, PAG President said their focus has been on peace building because they know without peace nothing can work.
Mr Sambou noted that the objective of the organisation is to develop skills and leadership potential of young people, while ensuring their maximum participation in national and international development.
“We believe young people are the engine of every development and the key, if there should be success in any endeavor for a country, community or wherever”, he stated.
He acknowledged that youth are capable but only if they are given the chance.
Sambou noted that often youth are regarded as future leaders, but he indicated that youth are part of today and can consider themselves leaders today while fully owning the future.
“We should not ignore the happenings of today thinking that tomorrow is ours because if we ignore whatever is happening today it will determine our future. If we leave the decisions of our future to be made for us by others excluding us, then the future we are creating is an uncertain one because it is not us who make those decisions”,.
According to him, anywhere there is violent conflict usually young people serves as the fuel to the conflict, saying wherever young people do not want conflict it will not happen, which is why it is important to help young people understand the concept of peace building and make decisions that will not harm the interest of the people.
Fabakary Sanneh, Regional Youth Chairperson for West Coast Region highlighted that youth participation in peace building and decision making is key. He described peace as a catalyst to development, adding that without peace no development can take place.