Sep 9, 2009, 5:48 AM
Kaira Nyining Federation recently organised a day-long Annual Junior Achievement Company of the Year competition at Kuloro Skills Training Centre.
The Junior Achievement programme seeks to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise system and business to improve the quality of their lives.
Junior achievement uses land on experience to help young people understand the economics of life and bring the realities of the world to students to open their minds and potentials.
Kaira Nyining Federation implements the project for out-of-school youths in Kombo East district.
The company of the year competition is an annual event that helps young entrepreneurial companies and individuals to compete for the award while showcasing or exhibiting their products to independent judges and the public.
Speaking at the opening event, the Alkalo of Kuloro Village, Dembo Touray, expressed delight about the event, saying: “Bringing young people together to discuss issues affecting them and finding possible solutions to their own problems is a step in the right direction,” he said.
He urged young people to remain united and map out the best way for themselves.
For his part, Ebrima Badjie, chairperson of Kaira Nyining Federation, expressed happiness over the turnout of the youth to the “very important event”.
He also commended the company for their demonstration and participation in the trade fair.
Badjie says solidarity is everything and that as youths they need to come together and support each other.
Lamin Aja Bojang, vice-chairman of Brikama Area Council, expressed similar sentiments to those of the previous speakers and thanked the youth for giving him the opportunity to make a statement at the event.
Mr Bojang said the best way to bring development is by bringing the youth together to share experiences for a common good.
He said that looking at the turnout of the youth in the event, clearly indicates that the youth of today are committed to development.
Mr Bojang commended Child Fund for supporting the youth in the improvement of their livelihood.
He implored them to continue their solidarity and assured them that ChildFund “is ever ready to support the youth”.
At the end of the competition, Laawol Welli Junior Achievement emerged winners of the first position, Hernangeh Company 2nd position and Jamorai Company 3rd position.
The best Chief Executive Officer (CEO) award went to Omar Bah of Hernangeh and the Best Marketing Team award went to Laawol Welli.
The most valuable product prize was captured by Hernangeh Company and Laawol Welli received the award for the most financially strong company.