Municipal Youth Committee in partnership with Activista- The Gambia Saturday
celebrated the International Youth Day.
day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate young
people’s contribution to conflict prevention and transformation as well as
inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.
is also a day for young people to celebrate their achievements, reflect on
their challenges and come up with solutions.
celebration funded by the National Youth Council and Activista-The Gambia was
under the theme: “Youth Peace Building: Delivering an inclusive New Gambia”.
addition, the day was characterized with inter generational dialogue, peace and
reconciliation march-pass from Churchill’s Town to Buffer Zone. # IStand4Peace
was also launched.
Jaiteh, Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said young
people’s inclusion in peace, security and society is key to building and
welcomed the process of social inclusion for youth, including participation in
decision-making as well as access to quality education, healthcare and basic
services as these promote their role as active contributors to society and
affords young people with opportunities to reach their potential and achieve
said identifying and addressing the social exclusion of young people is a
precondition for sustaining peace.
declared that IYD was an opportunity for youth to engage the government and all
other stakeholders to dialogue and manifest their collective commitment to
peace building, justice and reconciliation.
Darboe, executive director of the National Youth Council (NYC), advised the
youth that they have a responsibility to make sure that the Gambia remains
peaceful and developed.
is important for us to reorient ourselves to take peace as our responsibility
and represent it, because without it nothing is possible,” he said.
called for more communication between youth and authorities, saying that lack
of communication could result in misunderstanding.
demand the government to involve us, bring us on the table and be part of all
the development and decision making processes in our country. We are demanding
of them to communicate to us and put us in the forefront,” he requested.
acknowledged the effort of government in involving youth in the Think Tank and
Marong, National Assembly member for Latri-Kunda Sabiji Constituency,
challenged the youth to be committed to national development.
said 40 per cent of members in the national assembly are young people and they
would stand for the development of the youth of The Gambia.
“The only thing that is needed from the youth
is commitment,” he said.
Jarju, program manager at the National Youth Council (NYC), spoke of the
importance of the day, indicating that it was meant for young people to come
together and celebrate their successes, reflect on their challengers and come
up with solutions.
highlighted the commitment the NYC took to make the celebration successful,
noting that NYC provided funding for all the regional youth committees to celebrate
the day in their own way.
said NYC was committed to the development of young people in the country, and
called on the authorities to support and empower young people.
said young people have a very big responsibility in maintaining peace in their
various areas, saying peace could not be maintained without them being in
fulfilling this responsibility, young people need to be rightfully equipped and
educated, gainfully employed and give them the civic space that belongs to
them, he said.
Jaiteh, deputy mayor of the Kanifing Municipality, underscored the importance
of peace as indispensible without which nothing is possible.
is precondition for the development of any country. It is the most important
asset one can have, its maintenance is paramount and is everyone’s business,”
noted that this could not be achieved without youth who are the cream of any
society. Youth need the support of everybody to be able to play this very
assured of the municipality’s commitment to support the development of young
people, while challenging others do the same.
Kebbeh, chairperson of the Kanifing Municipal Youth Committee (KMYC),
urged the government of The Gambia to
put issues of youth first if they want to reap the Demographic Dividend and
achieve the SDGs.
youth most prepare themselves to take over the mantle of leadership to make the
change they call for, he said, adding that this could not happen in the absence
of quality education.
said the viability of the peace and reconciliation process would largely depend
on the extent on youth involvement, the level of communication, and the
satisfaction of the youth and their organisation agenda.
Nyang, national coordinator at Activista-The Gambia, noted that the peace that
the country is enjoying right now is as result of the commitment and
contribution of Gambian youth.
commitment and efforts of maintaining a peaceful Gambia is often not recognised
by the authorities, but that will not change our stand and commitment in the
maintenance of peace in this country,” he said.
further noted that youth have a role to play in the maintenance of peace in the
country, but this role could not be fully realised if young people are not involved
in the process.
challenged Gambian young people to be committed to the existing development and
peaceful coexistence in The Gambia.