The National Islamic Youth Camp of The Federation of Gambia Muslim Students’ Organisation (FEGAMSO) has begun recently at the Kotu Senior Secondary School grounds. The camp, which is scheduled to end on Thursday 4th August, is being held on the theme, “Tolerance in the face of conflict of ideas”.
In her introductory speech, Chairperson of the Youth Camp, Fatou Jobarteh, said in cognizance of the numerous conflicts in the world over, the theme was chosen to pave a way to peaceful human existence.
She said based on their objective of gathering to earn the pleasure and mercy of Allah, the camp will remind participants to harmonise the unity and love among them. “The objective of the camp is to teach students right from the primary to tertiary levels about knowledge of their religion in the way it was taught through generations by the last and final prophet, Muhammad (SAW) and his companions.”
Welcoming the gathering, Lamin Sanyang, Principal of Kotu Senior Secondary School, said understanding religion means understanding the purpose of life and the life of the hereafter.
According to him, the initiation of the camp is a sign of the bounties of Allah on them, noting that is Allah who makes it easy for the servants who receive the right guidance.
Yankuba Jarjue, president of the Federation of Gambia Muslim Students’ Organisation (FEGAMSO), informed the gathering that the organisation has over the years been embarking on series of Islamic awareness activities as part of their contribution to propagating and preserving the knowledge of Islam in the country.
He said over the years they have activities which include inter-school Quranic recitation competitions, cleaning exercise, and radio programmes for students with the aim to help members attain moral and academic excellence.
Jarjue therefore lauded parents and teachers for their partnership in the formulation and implementation of the camp activities in the recruitment of future leaders.
Dodou MA Jah, President of the Assembly of Gambia Muslim Youth (AGAMY), the parent body of FEGAMSO, said despite its existence in 2009, it began its best moments the following year with increased responsibilities in the Islamic awareness creation for the youth of the country.
He recalled a comment from the Office of the Vice President in reference to the organization, in which it states that “the leadership of the Muslim Youth are ‘intellectuals and if each of them was able to bring onboard ten others, then the leadership of the country can go to sleep knowing that the youth of this country have a bright future.”
Amie Njie, who represented the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST), described the camp as a vital step in view of the fact that everything cannot be obtained from home. She stressed that it is very important for the youth to learn from one another and share the best form of manners.
For his part, the Youth Camp Director, Omar A Bojang disclosed that one hundred and twenty-eight (128, out of which 53 are male and 75 are female) students have been registered in the camp across the country.