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Centre for Children and Young People Uplifting Teenagers in The Gambia

Sep 26, 2008, 6:18 AM | Article By: Yerro Mballow

The Centre for Children and Young People also known as FO JANGA provides a wide range of integrated services for children, young people and their families, including quality after school, home work, holiday and weekend projects.

This reporter recently visited the centre to get first hand information about its operations in the country.

In an exclusive interview with the Director of the centre Madam Amal Abbass-Saal at the Centre, she said that they accept applications from any child who possesses the motivation, ability and character that enable them to succeed. "We give each child the opportunity to reach their full potential. Play, she said is an essential element in the development of well rounded healthy children. It is vital to their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development," she noted. Since we consider creative play as the work of the child, our aim is to nurture the vital imaginative life of a child, by giving them the space and time to enjoy freely and creatively every day. The Centre she said, provides day care services to young children in preparing a gentle journey towards formal education from two and a half years old onwards.