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Published On: Tue, Mar 12th, 2024

RAFELA Empowers Banjul Youth with Skill Development and Management Training

The Banjul city council, in collaboration with RAFELA, the United Nations, and UNDP, recently organized a Training of Trainers (TOT) program under the Youth Volunteerism Project. 

This initiative aims to equip the youth of Banjul with essential skills, reduce dependency, promote self-employment, and discourage irregular migration.

The engagement was held on Sunday 10th March 2024 in Banjul at the BCC complex hall where various youth leaders were present to discussion centred on the role of Youth and Women, importance of Community service, strategies for building High-Performing Teams.

Basiru Jaye from the National Youth Council, emphasize that these are centers of excellence, as there is need for management deeming it wise to bring administrators and volunteers together, who are managing the skills and affairs of young people and train the youth on skills and other important topics. 

Mr Jaye added “we understand that only acquiring skills is not enough but training the person or individual what it takes to be a good administrator or a good leader” he said

Mr Jaye further express that have different thematic areas of trainers who have train them (volunttee) on different issues ranging from women empowerment, how to build a team, role of REFELA skill development and among others. 

Mr Jaye added that there is positive response from participants looking at the highlights of the session which he said was interactive and participants are giving their ideas, opinions and that trainers are also giving their knowledge, adding that they have a positive response from participants because from the training is timely and there was need for it to be conducted.

Mr Jaye was asked whether is a one of training but he responded that next week they would be having an  interface with stakeholders to train them and  to bring stakeholders on broad to build partnership in bringing materiable skill projects for the young people of  Banjul. 

He conclude that they will be having an interface with stakeholders  and authorities that are managing skill development who do not only empower skills but having policies that will enhance development of skills just like how TVET get their policy to make sure skill management is very key to the city of Banjul.

The Youth Chairperson of Banjul Isatou Jallow  said “the training is call TOT meaning training of trainers which is to equip youth with the  knowledge and expectating every person would go and inform people who are shortlisted about the project and some relevant information that young people would need to share the knowledge with the them ” she said. 

She emphasize that REFELA has organized this training to equip participants with the knowledge and information, and it’s important as a youth to be equip and to have an understanding about community service and youth volunteerism so that if she goes outside there as the youth chairperson of Banjul, she can share the same knowledge she gained from the training to the youth of Banjul.

She concluded that as a young leader like herself to be aware that its very important to build yourself with skills and to know the objectives of general objectives and individual objective, in which she said she got the opportunity to learn that during the discussion in the training. 

The National Coordinator for REFELA Isatou Njie said that REFELA is presently coordinating a project call youth Volunteerism project which aims to build capacity  of youths and train them (youth) in vocational skills so that they will be independent and to be self employed.

She added that they organize this training of trainers workshop with the aim of equipping the participants with knowledge so that they will go back and disseminate the information in their various and respective organization or where they come from. 

The Youth volunteerism project is aimed at improving skills of young people in skills management and soft skills for effective leadership, reduction of Idle rate and Reduce dependence rate among young people of Banjul. This project also seeks to train over 500 young people, and it also aims to bring young people of Banjul together to share ideas and knowledge.

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