Ministry of Youth and Sports and the International Youth Fellowship based in
South Korea Monday 18 December 2017, signed a memorandum of understanding at a
ceremony held at Gambia Songhai Initiative, Chamen, North Bank Region.
The ceremony was graced by the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Director of Youth and Sport, district authority and a representative of International Youth Fellowship.
The MoU was signed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Henry Gomez on behalf of the government of The Gambia and the country Director for IYF West Africa signed on behalf of International Youth Fellowship.
In his welcome remarks, the chief of Upper Badibou, Ebrima Jammeh, expressed delight to be associated with MoU which was geared towards empowering the youths.
He recognised the important role of the International Youth Fellowship for the West Africa region and commended the country Director of IYF for making that possible.
He also thanked Abdou Touray of the UNDP for their support and encouragement, saying they all know the importance the government attached to the welfare of the youths.
He said any institution that was working to complement the effort of the government was most welcome and applauded the initiative.
For his part, Abdou Touray, who spoke on behalf of UNDP, explained that UNDP and the government of The Gambia started this project way back in 2014, and the main issues was to empower youth in The Gambia.
The Director General of International Youth Fellowship, Dr. Hee Jin Park spoke at length about his willingness and readiness to support and educate the Gambian youths.
He said there is much potential in the Gambian youths but there was need to give more support to them to build their capacity.
He reiterated his commitment to work hand in glove with the ministry of youths and sport to empower the Gambian youths.
He said since the inception of the organization in 2001, they have been educating the youths to be positive change agents, and the organization has transformed many youths into a better life.
He assured the youth ministry of his organization’s commitment to better the livelihood of the young people of the country.
Also speaking, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Henry Gomez, said the MoU is a collaborating partnership with his ministry and IYF based in South Korea.
He said the implementation of the activities of the MoU and other related activities would begin after the signing ceremony.
He said the MoU consists of items that support the ministry of youths and sport with the aim of promoting youth development across the country.
He thanked the regional and country Director of IYF for making the MoU possible and assured them of his collaboration to better change the life of the youths in the country.