Apr 5, 2011, 2:25 PM
Fatty, founder of the Salimatou Foundation for Education (SAFE), recently
represented West Africa at a conference dubbed ‘The Taiwan Foundation Democracy
Conference’ held in Taipei, Taiwan.
The conference attracted wide participation from representatives drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and America.
The young Gambian advocate was the only West African at the conference speaking on political participation by young people. The event was organised by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in partnership with Community Democracies.
The forum was aimed at enhancing youth participation in governance, politics and the democratisation of their countries and the world at large.
Salimatou Fatty, speaking at the conference, emphasised the importance of the conference, saying they were able to proffer recommendations on how to empower young people from across the world to engage in the processes of good governance.
She said youth participation is one of the pillars of democracy and the conference would enable her to promote civic education in The Gambia and the rest of the West African sub-region.
Ms Fatty urged the youth of Africa to participate in the governance processes by promoting democracy, peace and stability in their respective countries.
Salimatou received praises from her colleague delegates due to her African heritage as she was the only representative from the West African region.
She encouraged young Africans to always promote their rich culture during international conferences.
The conference gave delegates great insight into negotiation skills, the power of persuasion, democracy, governance and politics.
Salimatou Fatty is the Executive Director and founder of the Salimatou Foundation for Education (SaFE), a right-to-education civil society organisation that promotes and advocates for the provision of free, relevant and quality education.