The National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG) on Tuesday concluded a two-day capacity building workshop for women and youth on democracy and election.
The synergy, held at the Regional Education Directorate in Brikama, West Coast Region, attracted over thirty youths and women from Kanifing Municipality and the West Coast Region.
Declaring the workshop open on behalf of the Governor, West Coast Region, the Youth and Sports Coordinator for the region, Baboucarr Secka said the Government of The Gambia recognises that sustainable and economic development of any country requires the full and equal participation of women and youths. He cited Women’s Bureau and National Youth Council as institutions that were instituted to empower women and youth in the country.
He enjoined NCCE and AAITG officials to continue sensitising the women and youths.
“The workshop is a step in the right direction as it is geared towards empowering women and youth to be able to take their rightful position in national development,” Secka remarked.
The Chairman of the National Council for Civic Education Alhaji Sering Faye, stated that it is the mandate of NCCE to go to the people to inform and educate them so as to raise their awareness on their civic rights.
“This is one of the activities of the NCCE and we were engaged in talking to people. Let me at this point thank AAITG for partnering with NCCE over the past years,” he stated.
Faye also a renowned journalist, described AAITG as very supportive stakeholder to the activities of his institution, positing that AAITG are interested in the development of this country.
According to him, countries can only develop “if people know what their rights and responsibilities are”. This he said is one of the reasons that NCCE and AAITG opt to engage women and youth with regards to what democracy at the grass root.
The Senior Programme Officer at NCCE Isatou Bittaye, said the workshop was designed to equip women and youths to ensure their participation in grassroot democratic processes.
She affirmed that women and youths are critical stakeholders in any election process; hence the reason NCCE and AAITG felt the need to educate them so that they could be part of the process.
The Executive Director, AAITG, Omar Badjie also spoke at the ceremony.
by Lamin B. Darboe