third edition of Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN)-Gambia national youth
summer camp on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Information and Technology
(ELIT) is currently underway at Fass Njagga Choi in North Bank Region’s Lower
The camp isdesigned to broaden the mindset of young entrepreneurs on value addition under the theme: Broadening Young Entrepreneurs’ Mindset on Value Addition.
The event is supported by the P2RS, NYC and Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) designed with special emphasis in agricultural value chain and focusing on processing and marketing of crops as well as vegetable produce by young people in rural areas and also model in fight against poverty and unemployment.
Dr. Amina Sillah, chief executive officer of GYIN International based in Washington said the global youth network is nine years old with eight thousand young members.
She stated at global level they try to allow local chapters to do their work independently and need to actually change the mindset of young people about agriculture. “If you are in a process of starting businesses talk to one of us you can have your business look at and if you are in a space where you want to scale-up your business, talk to one of us and we can help you scale-up that business”.
Dr. Sillah said value addition is a game changer as far as agriculture is concern, encouraging the participants not to be afraid to fail because it is through failure that theycan learn and improve.
Also speaking at the event, Banki Njie, business development officer of NEMA project said their activities are aligned to make ensure that youth are engaged in sustainable and viable ventures. “We want to do everything in time to make sure young peoples’ mindset, leadership and entrepreneurial skills are developedto able them to take on any venture to live for themselves and the community and the country at large.”
Raymond Musa, Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)manager saidthe project is funded by the European Union through the Ministries of Trade and Youth and sports.He said the project is implemented by the International Trade, noting that they focus on market-led approaches to create income and create opportunities for young Gambians.
GYIN-Gambia executive directorMomodou Edrissa Njiesaid, “Wewant toensure that we develop a strong working system afterthis ELIT summer camp.”
He revealed that they will be tracking the performance of the ELIT participants for a period of two years and the results would be shared with their donors.