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Youth Ambassadors holds recruitment exercise

Jan 25, 2011, 11:56 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The Youth Ambassadors of Peace (YAP) recently organised a two-day recruitment exercise for their new members.

The recruitment exercise for the prospective ambassadors was held at the regional education office in Kanifing.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of Youth Ambassadors of Peace, Lamin M. Sanyang, disclosed that the training was very vital for the existence and operation of the organisation.

As an advocacy organisation, he said, they are often faced with series of challenges which could only be overcome by constant training.

The organisation is preparing their members for a work that is challenging, Mr Sanyang said, adding that it is a journey that many are not willing to explore because “it is a journey that is rough”.

“We should take care in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls because patriotism is above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one’s country,” he said.

For her part, Isatou Bettaye, a university faculty member of the YAP, says recruitment is open to all young people who have attained the age of 13.

The organisation is looking for people who are inspired and willing to volunteer irrespective of nationality, sex, class, profession, academic qualification, or gender, she says, adding that the recruitment process would be vigorous as participants would be trained on four other modules.

“The modules include understanding conflict, human rights and good governance, gender perspective in peace building, civic education, and the role of stakeholders in peace building for the next four months,” she revealed.

The deputy director of Youth and Sports, Sutay Jawo, pointed out that peace building is the pillar of any development.

He also applauded the peace advocacy group for inculcating the culture of peace in the minds of the young people.

Meanwhile, the YAP is an organisation that aims at cultivating peace in the minds of young people, and the spirits of serving oneself and others “in a most disciplined manner”.