Power Network International (YPNI) in Partnership with Global Youth Leaders
forum (GYL) have jointly celebrated International Youth Day at the Alliance
Franco along Kairaba Avenue, under the theme: Positioning youth as national
YPNI was legally registered in The Gambia in 2018. Its activities include trainings and sharing of ideas on community development. The organisation has also created libraries under their library project to improve literacy among young people in communities.
International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August, 2000.
Guest speaker Dr. Abraham Ayzer explained that Gambian youth have been subjected to wrong beliefs, some of which limited their personal belief that they can succeed in the country. He encouraged youth to start rethinking and exploit the vast opportunities available in the country
Secretary General and Party Leader of the People’s Progressive Party, Mohamadou Musa Njie -Papa Njie- said the most valued natural resources available in The Gambia is its young people which make youth empowerment and development vital.
Mr. Njie explained that the possible solutions to develop young people as national asset will include better planning which he said will create a competitive advantage, the inclusion of civic education in the national education curriculum and the entrenchment of youth development in all government policies.
Chief executive officer of YPNI, Samuel Mendy, who gave a motivational speech, called on young people to have dreams and work towards accomplishing them. He also encouraged them to invest in their personality and be innovative, saying that will be the fundamental qualities they should possess in order to shape their lives and society.