Youth Empowerment Project Trains 14 Members
Friday, May 04, 2012
Two days training organised by Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), an African Youth Empowerment initiative, founded by a Dutchman, recently wrapped up at Jama restaurant in Bijilo. The aim of the training was to equip young people in The Gambia with entrepreneurship skills and knowledge.
Speaking at the training, Paul Englishman, the Dutch founder YEP Africa lauded young Gambian entrepreneurs for their focus and commitment.
‘’ The training is designed enable students to learn how to move from creativity to entrepreneurship. The participants will focus on the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of the organization, and the mapping out lasting solutions to the SWOT analysis. Networking with local business, commitment and equal opportunity were also focused on along with the ethics of entrepreneurship as well as empowering them as young entrepreneurs.’’
Paul Englishman continued to laud the taskforce from Holland and The Gambia who have researched for a cooking stove project that is to be introduced in the country soon.
“The weeds around the river side will be used to craft charcoals prototype tests will be completed in a scientific way, looking at the temperature and the cultural aspects of the stoves. This is important because over 1.4 million women worldwide die every year, from smoke inhaled while using wood to cook. ’’
The trainingalso witnessed the first visit of three new Dutch entrepreneurs; Ria Van Kleef, Jose De Jong and Harold Sauer, who shared their own experiences with the young entrepreneurs.
As part of the training, family visits to the homes of the young members, group works, experience sharing and a visit to the YEP business center in Brikama were comleted, in order to furnish the visiting entrepreneurs on how young entrepreneurs operate in The Gambia.
Author: Haddy Jadama