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Youth Ambassador Of Peace Train more than 150 youths, others

Feb 25, 2009, 6:29 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

Youth Ambassadors of peace (YAP) established for the promotion of the culture of peace and non violence through peace education programme and advocacy in the schools and communities over the weekend held it's third graduation ceremony for 164 YAP members on various areas leadership training and conflict resolution and peace building training. 77 were awarded certificate of peace training, 38 award for Youth leadership training, National Scorpion Fan club, and 49 opinion leaders (Kandas) including NAMS, Chief women chancellors, Youth leaders, and security forces.

The ceremony was held at Joint officers mess conference hall Kotu.

In his keynote address on behalf of the speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Abdoulie Bonjang Deputy speaker revealed that YAP is a youth organisation in the Gambia striving to empower youths and communities adding that in 2007 with it's affiliation in Senegal and Guinean Bissau. Honorable Bojang stated that the objectives of YAP is to cultivate the spirit for love for humanity in the mind of young people, promote justice, equality co-peace existence among people and to promote tolerance and develop leadership potential of young people to ensure their maximum participation nation building.

Hon. Bojang further hinted that the state of disorder and confuse in many part of the world especially in our sub-region is shaping the children innocent minds therefore need to rear peace in their heart and to develop and peace related disciplines such as values and moral education.

He urged the graduants to translate what they have learn inorder to disseminate the idea of peace.

For his par, president of YAP Mr Buba Darboe noted that YAP are young people's organisation with a task of inculcating into the minds of young people the culture of peace and social tolerance stressing that the move was formed by global instability and youths are always used either to fuel the situation or caused lead caustic factors in the world most trouble zone.

YAP prexy informed the gathering that, YAP is currently running four major programmes, Ambassadors peer peace motivation, community peace education opinion leaders (Kunda) and cross border networking, 77 grandaunts from both Gambia and Senegal out of 152 youths are recruited and trained, 49 Kandas and 37 national Scorpion fans club members on leadership training.

According to him, YAP is operating in all the regions in the Gambia.

Mr Darboe however noted that, youth ambassadors for peace is in preparation of lunching a product call the Ambassadors youth cooperative credit union (TAYCCUN) for it members and also open to youths who are interested to become members.

These initiatives he said will help young people to build up their economic status and become vibrant players in the field of business industry which is dominant by foreigners.

Other speakers include Fabakary Kalleh executive Secretary, Lamin Sanyang chairperson fundraising committee and Yahya Colley rep. of NACCUG.

The ceremony was graced by partners from Senegal and Guinean Bissau as well as the media.