Sep 5, 2008, 6:52 AM
The training, attended by 30 participants from school networks, district youth committees and affiliated ACTIVISTA groups, was held at the regional education directorate in Kerewan, North Bank Region.
The programme was supported by the Kerewan-based Agency for the Development of Women and Children (ADWAC).
Saiba Tapa Suso, programme assistant at ACTIVISTA The Gambia, said development approach from charity to rights calls for holistic approach in empowering communities to identify projects that would enhance sustainable livelihood development.
He said human rights-based approach would contribute immensely to empowering communities to demand for their rights from duty bearers.
Mr Suso called for equal opportunity to be provided to women to have control over productive land to enhance food production.
Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, national coordinator of ACTIVISTA The Gambia, said the aim of the organisation is to empower young people to enable them to actively participate in decision making and political processes.
This is done through advocacy, campaigning and training to empower young people to claim their rights from duty bearers to enhance sustainable development and poverty reduction.