Youth Forum: Activista The Gambia, NYC to hold National Youth Convergence

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Activista The Gambia, a youth organisation in the country, in junction with the National Youth Council (NYC) is set to stage a national youth convergence on Thursday 22 December 2016, at the Gambia Pastoral Institute.

The national youth convergence that is set to run from 22 to 24 December 2016, will bring together politicians and other stakeholders in youth activities.

The date for the National Youth Convergence was announced yesterday at a press conference held at the National Youth Council conference hall in Kanifing.

In his remarks, Lamin Kebbeh, a member of the organising committee, said the convergence was organised by Activista The Gambia and the National Youth Council.

He added that pre-briefing was organised to discuss the national youth convergence, set to run from 22 to 24 December 2016.

Alagie Jarjue, programme officer at the National Youth Council, who also doubles as the head of logistics for the convergence, said young people had played a crucial role in the December 1 presidential poll.

He noted that they are inviting all the politicians to attend the convergence, stating that they are also inviting all regions to grace the national youth convergence.

Modou Lamin Saidykhan, National Coordinator of Activista, said participants for the national youth convergence are set to arrive on Wednesday 21 December 2016.

He added that the opening ceremony will be graced by the Minister of Youth and Sports, who will deliver a speech.

Saidykhan revealed that day one of the convergence will witness a discussion on “agro-business, my farm”, among others.

Saidykhan further revealed that day two will hear a discussion on “state of the national youth” that would encourage youth participation in politics.

Saidykhan further stated that day three of the convergence will witness the national youth dialogue, to be followed by an evaluation exercise and then the closing of the convergence.

Saidykhan pointed that they want to create a platform for young people, and interact with government in order to participate in the national development.

According to the organizers of the national youth convergence, the event will bring together more than 300 youths in the country, for the three-day youth event.

Author: Lamin Darboe