May 5, 2009, 7:13 AM
The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN) Gambia recently organised a session for Gambian journalists, bloggers and online reporters as part of “I Am A GYINer national campaign”.
The session, held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, was facilitated by the Communications Division of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The programme coincided with IFAD’s 7th regional forum taking place in Banjul, The Gambia. GYIN Gambia chapter aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty among poor rural youths in The Gambia through exposure to opportunities and business prospects, innovation, and knowledge on replicable youth successful models income generating to enable them to create and engage in sustainable small-scale agri-businesses and entrepreneurship.
GYIN Gambia chapter is the legitimate national representation and chapter of the Global Youth Innovation Network International with headquarters in Washington, DC in the United States of America, said Mamadou Edrisa Njie, national coordinator.
According to him, GYIN Gambia chapter gathered journalists, bloggers and online reporters to expose them to the use of social media as well as to become GYIN Gambia chapter active members.
As part of the GYINer national campaign, Njie says “today’s session is to teach you (journalists) how to twits, post stories on blogs and other professional social media websites”.
He used the opportunity to thank Moses Abukari, IFAD country programme manager for The Gambia, saying that since the registration of the network, IFAD has been very supportive of their cause.
GYIN is a youth-led initiative, which is entirely run and managed by young people with strategic support from IFAD, Phelps Stokes and other partners, said Njie.
Moses Abukari, IFAD country programme manager for The Gambia, hailed the network for launching the “I Am A GYINer national campaign”.
Abdou Rahman Sallah, GYIN Gambia chapter programme officer, said that the network has been fully engaged in awareness creation activities through radio programmes, newspapers, blogs and online media etc.
In chairing the session, Meita Touray, GYIN Gambia chapter secretary general, urged participants to make best use of the session.
She encouraged journalists to be members of GYIN Gambia chapter, saying the network will “always” work closely with the media.
He as well thanked Ms Roxy, IFAD Communications Division.