YEP-AFRICA Trains Youth on Art Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
YEP-Africa , as part of their efforts to empower young people of The Gambia, on Monday started a five -day intensive training on the theme , Arts of Entrepreneurship, at Kairoh Garden in Tanji Kombo South West Coast region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Paul Engelsman, Chairman of YEP-AFRICA, said the training was geared towards empowering the youth to create their own future as social entrepreneurs.
He stated that the training would also serve to reduce unemployment level amongst the youth in The Gambia as agents of change.
‘’ The target group for the training is the unemployed youth between the ages of 17 and 28 with secondary education, who can speak and write English with little financial means,’’ he said.
“Our main objective is to put the talent of the young people into action. I am confident that the training workshop will indeed boost their understanding as youth leaders and advocates,” he said.
Talhatou Jallow, Human Resource Officer, YEP-Gambia, said empowering young people means creating and supporting the enabling conditions under which young people operate.
Fatoumatta Jallow- Badjie, YEP-Gambia Sales and Finance Coordinator, described the training as timely. “It will create a platform for the participants to have basic skills on entrepreneurship,” she said
Serreh Darboe, YEP-Gambia IEC Officer, described the training as challenging. “The training is a step in the right direction,” she said.
Lamin Saidy, YEP-Gambia Coordinator, said, ‘’our ambition is to become professional and am appealing to the government to allocate us with a plot of land,” he stated.
Participants were drawn from Kombo North, Central, East, South and the KMC. Plans are underway to have a similar training for the youth in rural Gambia.
Author: Musa Badjie