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6 youths attend training in Burkina Faso

Aug 28, 2013, 11:40 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Six Gambian youths have been sent to Burkina Faso to undergo one-month skills training on refrigeration, air conditioning and auto-mechanic.

The training, funded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is aimed at training young people of the region on selected areas of skills.

The selected youths participating in the training are Ellen Sambou, Abu Bakary Marong, Sellu Bah and David Jassey all from the National Youth Council, and Amie Faal and Adama Sowe from the National Youth Service Scheme.

According to officials, the selection of the participants was done by the NYC after a thorough scrutiny of the youths.

The team, which has already left the country for Burkina on Saturday morning, is expected back in a month’s time.

Speaking during the orientation ceremony at NYC office at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, on 22 August, Joseph Peacock, deputy director of The Gambia YMCA, urged the youth to be effective during the training and asking questions to get better understanding of subjects and issues.

“You should know why you are selected to represent The Gambia and take the opportunity to make best use of the training,” he advised.

Mr Peacock added: “There are many young people who have not got the opportunity to attend this training, and you should raise the Gambian flag high and come with good certificates.”

Sutay Jawo, acting-executive director of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS), advised the training beneficiaries to be good ambassadors as they represent young people of The Gambia, as well as concentrate on the course they are sent for.

“Any problems among you, you should be able to address it within your midst,” he added.

For his part, Abubacarr A. Sisawo, acting-executive secretary of NYC, advised the youth to be each other’s keeper.

He challenged them to prepare a business plan at the end of their training to be able to set up their own businesses.

“In case you have any issue that needs the intervention of the Ministry, you should report the matter early,” Mr Sisawo advised.