Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.
The Gambia is a safe haven for its youth as a result of the environment and life-changing opportunities created for them. Among this includes indispensable national institutions like the National Youth Council; the National Enterprise Development Initiative; the National Youth Service Scheme; the President’s International Award; and the Gambia Songhai Initiative, to name but a few.
These institutions have tutored several of our youth on productive skills to become entrepreneurs and today most of them are job creators and not job seekers and as well contributing positively to the socio-economic development of the country. We have also seen that more youths are venturing into farming activities and fishing and are yielding positive results.
This medium has also reported extensively on Gambians that have used their talents to make inventions that have the potential to make positive change. Therefore, news that one Amadou Jallow, a native of Maka Balla Manneh village in the Lower Nuimi District of the North Bank Region has invented a radio station is of course very gratifying. This is another confirmation that when a government is committed to the development of its youth, the majority, if not all of them, will make the best use of it.
We would, therefore, urge other Gambian youths to emulate Jallow by taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities accorded to them to make best use of their potentials in making The Gambia a better place for all.