The National Youth Council in collaboration with stakeholders on Wednesday joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Youth Day on the theme ‘Youth civic engagement’ at a ceremony held at the Samega Janneh Hall, Serekunda East. Speaking at the forum, Lamin Darboe, executive director of the National Youth Council, thanked stakeholders who contributed in making this years’ event a success. According to him, in observance of the day many other events are being held across the country and even beyond our borders. Darboe further acknowledged the contribution of the media in youth empowerment and went on to thank young people representing different youth organizations and clubs, parents and government for their continuous support to NYC.

While saluting the tireless efforts of their staff and the entire organising committees for ensuring a successful event despite the short notice, Darboe also extended special thanks to UNFPA for supporting this years’ celebration. “The International Youth Day is celebrated annually on August 12 to not only showcase the contributions of youth and youth led organization towards the socio – economic, cultural and holistic human development of any nation, but also to appreciate the efforts and contribution of various duty bearers, donors and stakeholders in youth development especially the state in supporting the empowerment and engagement of young people in national development. On this day, young people around the world including The Gambia also demand from duty bearers the fulfillment of their rights to gainful employment, improved health service including sexual and reproductive health needs for adolescence and youth, access to quality and affordable quality technical, vocational training and education, recreational services and ICT amongst others.” READ MORE