News that the youths of the country are gearing up for what is expected to be the biggest youth gathering in the history of this country is indeed gratifying and at the same time heartwarming. This gathering is to be held in Basse, administrative capital of the Upper River Region, is part of a three-rally series organised by the ruling APRC Party aimed at saying thank you to the President for the numerous developments initiatives and championing the course of the youth.
The leadership of the country, since the inception of the July 22nd Revolution in 1994, has recognised that youths as the cream of any given nation need to be empowered in order for a nation to achieve lasting sustainable development. This explains why youths and related empowerment programmes continue to be priorities in this country under the leadership of President Jammeh.
Empowering the youths of the country means giving them the ability to move the country to where it ought to be. It is important to note here that empowerment could be done in different ways such as the provision of quality and affordable education, skills training in different areas of specialisation such as carpentry, metal works, and fishing, among others.
The government of The Gambia instituted and continues to establish numerous projects for youth empowerment. Such youth projects include the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS), National Youth Council (NYC), The Gambia Songhai Initiative and youth skill centres throughout the length and breadth of the country.
There is no doubt that the Government of The Gambia has relentlessly sought to empower and explore the potentials of the youthful population of the country through different programmes. The youths are finally rising up to the challenge and are taking ownership of the opportunities at hand. This is what is expected of them; by coming up with their own initiatives.