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Published On: Tue, Mar 19th, 2024

REFELA Youth Volunteerism Project Set to Impact 60 Beneficiaries

The REFELA Youth Volunteerism Project Led by President Rohey Malick Lowe, funded by the UN for South-South Cooperation, organized a skill training sensitization event in Banjul. Which engaged group leaders and stakeholders in order to foster dialogue and exchange ideas about the project in working towards a fair and inclusive process which is set to impact 60 beneficiaries who will receive skill training in the Gambia.

The Youth Volunteerism Project is also designed to enhance youth employability by equipping them with vocational skills like tailoring, cosmetology, culinary arts, construction, and more in order to empowering young individuals to become independent and self-employed.

Partners in this initiative includes the United Nations (UN), Banjul City Council (BCC), REFELA and Islamic Development Bank.

The National Assembly Member for Banjul North Modou Lamin Bah expressed that the project will have an impact on the youth in Banjul, which he said can pave the way for a sustainable future for the country and the Banjul city. He said that It’s important to invest in skills of young people so they can contribute to the development of their community.

Mr. Bah said that about the importance of equipping the youth with skills in a youthfully populated country like the Gambia, “it’s crucial for young people to have the necessary skills to contribute to the development of our nation. Skills play a vital role in the progress of any developing country, by empowering and equipping the youth with these skills, then we are investing in a brighter future for our country” he said.

Mr Bah encouraged beneficiaries to be determined and focused when given the opportunity to acquire skills and embrace opportunities, by doing so he said can create positive change, not just for themselves but also for their communities. He said that developing the nation starts with developing themselves, their families, and their communities. Adding that when young people are equipped with the required skills and make good use of them will have a good effect that benefits everyone.

The National Coordinator for REFELA Gambia Isatou Njie emphasized that the project aimed at helping youth to acquire skills to be meaningful and create job opportunities for them and among others, adding that the meeting organized has called on the stakeholders to discuss and find a way of Working on a Fair and Inclusive Process for Choosing Youth Volunteers.

Isatou emphasized the importance of taking the project seriously and making the most out of it. “It’s incredible that 60 young people will be trained in various vocational skills right here in our country, and in the second phase some lucky youth will even get the opportunity to travel to countries like China and Turkey to learn new skills and exchange ideas with other young people from around the world. It’s not just about leaving The Gambia, but about gaining valuable knowledge and bringing it back to benefit themselves and our country” She said

Ya Teneng Njie, a Banjulian youth and beneficiary of the project recognizes the positive impact it will have on her life and the lives of other young people, ” reducing youth unemployment is such an important goal, and this project is providing the skills and opportunities needed to achieve it and to my  fellow beneficiaries to develop their skills and contribute to the country’s development. It’s also great to acknowledge the Mayor of Banjul for bringing this initiative to life” She said.

A Banjulian and also a beneficiary Andrew Jarju said that skills acquisition is crucial for the socio-economic development of a nation, adding It’s not just about being academically good, but also having practical skills that can make you independent and self-reliant, adding that having a backup plan through skills can open up more job opportunities and enable individuals to support themselves financially.

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