Peace Ambassadors orientate IYSS participants ahead of departure

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Peace Ambassadors the Gambia on Tuesday orientated members of The Gambia delegation to the 11th edition of the International Youth Summer School (IYSS) on peace.

The Gambia is expected to be represented by 150 young people and people working with youth.

The gathering will bring together participants from The Gambia, Senegal and the hosts Guinea Bissau.

The gathering that runs from the 4 to 13 August 2017 is under the theme: “In the search of peace for Africa”.

The IYSS gathers young people and people working with youth to acquire knowledge and skills needed to develop an aptitude for peace building, to discuss issues affecting youth and map out strategies at resolving them.

The goal of the gathering is to enhance political and cultural tolerance that contribute to the socio-economic empowerment of all people and promote the value of life towards the realisation of the culture of peace and non-violence for the children of the world.

Speaking at the orientation ceremony held at the Gambia College, Momodou Juju Jallow, Program officer at Peace Ambassadors the Gambia, explained that the objectives of the summer school are: tolerance and the sense of oneness among young people; to equip young people with the necessary skills needed to promote the culture of peace and non-violence; to promote international cooperation, friendship and understanding for the integration of young people of Africa.

It is also to discuss and map out strategies of lifting the societies from the violence and the troubled past into a future where peace and development are at the centre.

He said their biggest challenge has been finance as they are yet to secure half of their budget and therefore, appealed to the general public for help.

He further explained that during the gathering there will be various activities which will include academic, conference, social activities among others.

Bubacarr Sambou, President of Peace Ambassadors the Gambia, in his opening remarks, said participants have been divided into 6 different ethnic groups, adding that one could find him or herself in an ethnic group different from his or hers.

The idea behind this, he added, is for them to appreciate and tolerate each other’s cultural background. 

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb