Children’s Village The Gambia last Saturday concluded a three-day led advocacy
training for twenty young people from different department of the SOS. The
training, held at the child-aid agency’s conference hall in Bakoteh, was aimed
at building families for children in need.
SOS started operation in 1983 while its national association in The Gambia started in 2008 with only one SOS Children Centre. Now, the global federation has now expanded to 16 programs in the country.
The training, according to officials, would equip young people with the requisite skills to shape their own future and partake in the development of their communities. The training was also designed to build the capacity of young people on advocacy to be able to advocate for their rights and the rights of vulnerable children and youth in the country.
National Director Mariatou Sallah said no child deserves to grow alone and every child deserve to be given due care like others in the society. “Youth are the future leaders. We should be ready to shape them to become what we want them to be in future,” she said.
Mrs. Sallah added that SOS is judge by its products, saying if they do well in the society, the people who are supporting them will know that their resources are put in to good use.
She explained that some of their products in the society are now serving as role models in the society. “You are expected to learn and deliver well in the society. Put this opportunity into good use and be ready to share with others.”
Almami Barrow, project coordinator said children flourish when the right people, who value their rights and recognize their contributions in the society, surround them. He indicated that interaction between children and adults take place in a variety of settings like in homes with parents and other relatives in the community they may find themselves.
The training, he added, is expected to enable the participants to have a better understanding of advocacy and its related issues.
He acknowledged that leadership is important in promoting the rights of young people, adding that youth must put the best interest of children and young ones at the heart of every person and in their everyday activity.