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Youth Leadership Training underway

Jun 23, 2010, 12:06 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The National Youth Council (NYC), in collaboration with the Dream Institute International (USA) on Monday 21st June 2010, held a four-day leadership training for youth leaders, at the Friendship Hostel in Bakau, geared towards equipping them with leadership skills and technology.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary a the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Alieu K Jammeh who was speaking at the occasion, said leadership training skills is of vital use to young people that constitutes greater number of the population of the country. He added that "developing essential skills of youths is meaningful and important to national development."

Also speaking at the occasion, Mr. Gawlo Nyang, the Director General of the National Training Authority revealed that leadership skills is a major skills, which if acquired by anyone is bound to be a leader anywhere. He said that a complete dedication is very crucial in leadership training.

He advised the participants as leaders to always make a right decision, noting that a change in mind all the time makes a leader very weak.

"Leadership depends a lot on confident, honesty and trustworthy," he emphasized.

For her part, Rachel Wilson from Dream Institute International revealed that they have done such training in many parts of the US. She said that The Gambia was the first place in Africa, where they have organised such training programme. She stated that their institute believes in building capacity of people, adding that they are also engaged in other activities, such as education and empowerment of people. She challenged the participants to join and make the training a success story.

Delivering a statement at the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mamabanyick Njie described leadership as a responsibility. He said that leadership skills are very essential for a successful management. He noted that a leadership quality consists of high qualifications, ability to make sound judgement, based on knowledge, information and experience, communication skills, the capacity to multitask and interpersonal skills.

He stressed that at the end of the training participants would be well equipped to serve as competent youth leaders, and then commended the National Youth Council and their partners for the development of young people and the nation in general.