The National Youth Council (NYC) has recently convened a press briefing ahead of the International Youth Day celebration, which is slated to take place on August 12th, 2016.
The National Youth Council will celebrate the event in partnership with Activista-The Gambia. The celebration, to be held on the theme, “The Road to 2030: Eradicating poverty, inequality and achieving youth power 1.8 billion strong”, will take the form of a march past from Bakau Trust Bank branch to Friendship Hostel in Bakau. It is expected to attract 250 youths.
Speaking at the press briefing, Mariama Sima from the National Youth Council, gave background information on the IYD celebration.
She stated that in December 1999 the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution declaring August 12 as International Youth Day.
In commoration of this day, Sima went on, a unique theme is created annually focusing on issues affecting youths around the world.
She explained that the event is meant to highlight the role youths can play and the impact they can make on our global society, as the hope is to engage them to contribute positively to their respective communities.
Sima went on: “The United Nations International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12th each year to recognise efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities”.
The National Youth Council as the governing body of youth affairs in the country, she affirmed, in partnership with Activista-The Gambia “will celebrate this important day in a form of symposium where more than 250 youths will gather to discuss with partners the challenges and problems facing the world’s youth”.
Ansumana Camara, the National Training Coordinator, Activista-the Gambia, said they are honoured to partner with the NYC to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day. “We did this basically for the fact that NYC serves as the parent body that looks into youth matters in the country and Activista is one of the youth networks in the country,” he stated.
Camara informed the press that they are operating in more than 28 countries in the world and that in The Gambia their membership is over 5,000.
“We will be collecting voices and videos of the issues affecting the young people in the country. We will have that focus through discussion with our young people all over the country,” he said of the event.
Taslima Jallow, an intern at the National Youth Council expressed similar sentiments.
by Samba Jawo