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GYIN Gambia chapter to take part in aspiring leaders summit in South Africa

Oct 1, 2013, 11:13 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia chapter, also known as GYIN Gambia chapter, is due to take part in the 2013 ‘One Young World’ 4th Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2 to 6 October 2013.

The conference will focus on a number of issues, including education, youth unemployment, human rights, global business, leadership and government, and sustainable development.

The annual event held by the charity, ‘One Young World’, was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson and is a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.

The summit delegates will be guided by a line-up of Counsellors that include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Professor Muhammad Yunus, HKH Prince Haakon of Norway, Jamie Oliver, Jack Dorsey and Joss Stone.

GYIN Gambia chapter National Coordinator Mamadou Edrisa Njie has been cordially invited to attend as ‘delegate’ from The Gambia.

In an interview with this reporter shortly before his departure, Njie said the annual summit is being backed by the One Young World Counsellors, debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.

No youth-dominated event outside the Olympic Games brings together more countries than One Young World.

“I am of the belief that my participation in this summit will be beneficial to me and my fellow youth leaders in The Gambia. As a youth activist, attending this summit will also give me the opportunity to meet and network with young future leaders from all over the world,” says GYIN ambassador Njie

Njie, who also doubles as an editorial assistant and newsroom coordinator at The Gambia News and Report Weekly Magazine, is proved to be a great networker, advocate and passionately committed to seeing real-time transformation and empowerment of young ones, especially aspiring journalists.

‘I am expected to give feedback during and at the end of the summit to my organisation and our partners, and I wish to express heartfelt gratitude to the International Fund for Agricultural Development Projects in The Gambia - Rural Finance Project (RFP), Livestock and Horticulture Development Project(LHDP), the Participatory Integrated Watershed Development Management Project (PIWAMP), National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) and other partners like Village Savings and Credit Associations Apex (VISACA Apex), Biodiversity Action Journalists Gambia, Jarumeh Koto Youth Development Association (Jarumeh Youth) amongst others,” he said.

One Young World delegates, who are between the ages of18 and 30, have demonstrated their leadership potential.

Many have already had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues, including the role of business in society, transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health, and hunger relief.