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'Lawol Welli' represents The Gambia in Kenya competition

Oct 6, 2010, 1:55 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

'Lawol Welli', a brainchild of the Junior Achievement Project under Kaira Nyining - an affiliate of Child Fund, left the country yesterday to participate in the Junior Achievement (JA) company of the Year Award competition in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to officials, the competition will go on from 6 to 9 October 2010 in the Kenyan capital.

In this vein, the Child Fund The Gambia organised a farewell conference with the participants at their head office in Kanifing.

Speaking at the press conference, Mustapha Kebbeh, Youth Coordinator, Child Fund, said that for some years now they have been watching and supporting the activities involving young people.

He said their main aim is to promote the development and protection of the children and their health as well as to protect and secure infants, support their education and build confident-looking children that are skillful. He said they also involve the youth, who are encouraged to acquire skills needed to enter the workforce "to meet the challenges in life and for the betterment of their communities".

The journey to Nairobi is to organise competition for young people below the age of 20 to meet with young people of other countries to show their talents, "Mr Kebbeh said, adding Gambian young participants" will able to excel in Kenya.

Also speaking on the occasion, Lamin Darboe, Child and Youth Officer of Kaira Nyining, said the Junior Achievement Project targets the youth and school dropouts to get them trained so as to enhance their entrepreneurial spirits and skills.

"Lawol Welli is a Junior Achievements company that operates in the Kombo East," he said, adding that their training is geared towards preparing and inspiring the youth to be leaders, researchers, role models and to becoming successful entrepreneurs.

"Recently, 40 youths benefited from the Junior Achievement training in the district of Kombo North," he said. "The Child Fund in The Gambia is implementing the Junior Achievements programme in the country, and our company functions as any convectional and Liquidation Company.”

The four participants from 'Lawol Welli' JA Company to Nairobi that are to meet other participants from as many as twenty-five countries in the competition are Omar Cham, Lamin Jammeh, Ma Mburay and Kaddy Sanyang.

They said they have been preparing for the competition and are determined to do their utmost to come out with flying colours.