Apr 21, 2011, 1:19 PM
Side By Side, formally known as United Youths Association, on 11June 2010 organised a review and validation exercise of the organization’s strategic plan for a period of three years.
Held at the Bakau Newtown Community Centre, the retreat brought together young people from diverse backgrounds of mostly members of the youth organisation.
The forum sought to indentify strategic plans towards promoting and strengthening the needs for education among youths, as well as promoting and protecting their rights and welfare.
Speaking on the occasion, Yankuba Senghore, project and administration officer, said the organisation is a charitable and registered national association formed in March 2005 in Bakau Newtown.
He indicated that since its establishment they have engaged in series of community services ranging from empowerment of youths in education, to environmental sanitations and capacity building programmes in child rights issues and gender based violence.
According to Senghore, the association has changed its name to integrate development programmes that will suit the needs of children, young people and adults.
He noted that the organisation as at now has chapters in three regions in the country, adding that plans are afoot to extend their arms to other regions of the country.
The strategic plans from 2011 to 2013 include providing scholarships for needy students, early childhood development (nursery school) projects, child right issues, and awareness creation on harmful traditional practices such as FGM and early marriage.