By Muhammed Saidy
The second edition of the Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter’s (GYIN Gambia) is currently underway at Jenoi Agricultural Farmers’ Training Centre, Lower River Region. The ten-day long capacity building program, which began on Monday 24th July, 2017, is on the theme “Expanding Youth Development Through Entrepreneurial Mentorship”.
Since its inception, the GYIN Gambia has been working towards promoting and supporting rural youth in the areas of agriculture, small-scale businesses, and developing leadership and entrepreneurial potentials of the Gambia youths. This year, the network is currently training 65 youth participants (ages 18-35) from the six administrative regions of the Gambia.
The second edition of the National Summer Camp, known as “The Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Information and Technology (ELIT 2017) Summer camp, will allow youths to show up their abilities, plans, and share among themselves their experiences in various initiatives and ventures.
Speaking at the opening Ceremony, Mr. Mamadou Edrissa Njie, the National Coordinator of the GYIN Gambia and Lamin Fatajo, the Board Chairperson of the GYIN Gambia both wholeheartedly thanked the donors for funding the summer camp. While welcoming the participants from various administrative regions, Mr. Njie said the program is geared towards unlocking the potentials of the youth to create more employment opportunities.
Mr. Saikou Darboe, the Regional Chairperson of the National Youth Council for the L.R.R thanked the GYIN Gambia for choosing the region for the training.
Darboe encouraged the young participants to take up entrepreneurship as a career, stating that politicians and academicians cannot do anything without finance and the finance is provided by the Entrepreneurs. He further urged the government of the Gambia fulfill their campaign promises for the youth.
“The government should see the youth as partners in development and should be consulting them in every stage of development as the they are the nation builders,” he added.
Picture: High Table at the program
Mr. Remon Mousa, a representative from Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) congratulated the participants of ELITE 2017. He said Entrepreneurs are problem solvers by trade and challenged the participants, as young entrepreneurs to find out challenges and come up with solutions to those challenges.
Dembo Kambi, the Chairperson of the National Youth Council, Aba Yabo, a representative from the Regional Agricultural Directorate in the L.R.R and Saikou Jammeh a representative of the Nema project, all elaborated on the need to train and empower young people as entrepreneurs.
Delivering a statement on behalf of the regional Governor of L.R.R, Mustapha S. Colley thanked GYIN Gambia for taking a giant step in empowering the youths of this nation especially the rural masses. He also elaborated on the importance of entrepreneurship.
He challenged the participants to think positively and develop a future plan to meet the demands of the society.
“Every youth should have potentials to market him/herself. Your abilities, skills and competencies are various activities that can market an individual” he stated.